Upcoming Convention Activities at a Glance

Join us for three days of education, family, fun and camaraderie!


  1. Exhibit Hall
  2. Team Hope Walk
  3. Welcome Reception


  1. Opening Ceremony and Keynote Address
  2. Educational Workshops
  3. HDSA Luncheon
  4. HDSA’s National Youth Alliance Talent Show


  1. Research Forum
  2. Educational Workshops
  3. Convention Gala

Convention Program
Coming Spring 2020!


Registration Rates

 All fees are per personEarly Bird Rate
Jan 1 to April 24
Full Rate
April 25 to May 15
Late or On-Site Rate
May 16 & Later
Family (2 or more adults)$175$225 $275
National Youth Alliance $125$150$175
Children 18  and under$125$150$175
Friday Only$150$200$225
Saturday Only$150$200 $225
Gala Only


Hotel Accommodations

Sheraton New Orleans
500 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Reservations: 888-627-7033

Registration for convention does not ensure a room reservation at the Sheraton New Orleans. You must make your room reservation separately by contacting the hotel directly.
Room Block Rate per night: $150 Plus Taxes while supplies last.


Transportation Information

We are pleased to partner with United Airlines for air travel to our upcoming event.
You may also call United Meeting Reservation Desk at (800) 426 – 1122
o Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time
o Saturday – Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Booking fees are waived for Meeting reservations. International customers may contact their local United Reservation Desk.
Visit www.united.com/meetingtravel and enter ZJD2306593 in the Offer Code box to receive your discount.
MileagePlus members earn Premier Qualifying Dollars and miles for their travel.

Scholarship Opportunities

HDSA Annual Convention Scholarship –  The intent of this scholarship program is to help families and individuals who have never been to an HDSA Convention attend the Society’s 2020 Annual Convention. The scholarship is open only to first time Convention attendees who are not Louisiana residents. (Louisiana residents please see separate scholarship application.) Applicants must be 18 years or older as of January 1, 2020. Open to residents of the United States only. Applications must be received no later than, Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
Click Here to Apply


HDSA Annual Convention Scholarship: Louisiana Residents – To help local families participate, we are pleased to announce the creation of a financial aid scholarship for individuals and/or families living in Louisiana who wish to attend the Annual Convention. We are accepting applications through Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
Click Here to Apply


HDSA’s National Youth Alliance Annual Convention Scholarship – 

The scholarship is open to any current or alumni member of the NYA who did NOT receive a scholarship in 2019. You must be a registered member of HDSA’s NYA to apply. Membership information is available at www.hdsa.org/nya. Open to residents of the United States only.

We are accepting applications through Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

Click Here to Apply

Past Convention Presentations

View videos and reports from past HDSA National Conventions.