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2025 Conference | Kansas City, Missouri

Lorrie Shank, DSA 2025 Local Chair. Video description: white woman with tan glasses, brown shoulder-length wavy hair with band, maroon long sleeve and tan background

Lorrie Shank, DSA 2025 Local Committee Liaison; dsa2025liaison@deafseniors.us (see vlogs in Latest News)

The DSA Board of Directors and the Kansas City Local Committee are gearing up for the 18th Biennial DSA Conference, to be held August 1–7, 2025 at the Marriott Downtown Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri. (Note: Change in conference dates took effect recently; see vlog by President Aiello in Latest News)

 

Don't forget to take advantage of early bird Combo registration savings – the deadline is June 30, 2024. The hotel reservation code will be made available to those who register for the conference, starting August 2024.

 

This highly anticipated event promises to offer opportunities for networking, learning, and entertainment. Pre-conference tours will be held August 1–2, 2025; see preliminary information below. 
 

Keep an eye out for vlog posts and updates (on this page and under Latest News) to learn more about this exciting conference and how you can be a part of it!

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Pre-Conference Tours

The DSA 2025 Local Committee is excited to share that will have four pre-conference tours. We are currently working on pricing and tour schedules which will be announced in few months. If you have questions about the tours below, send an email to dsa2025tours@deafseniors.us (Micki Keck).

Museum of Deaf History, Arts and Culture (www.museumofdeaf.org) — The MDHAC was founded in 1988 when a group of Kansans recognized the need to designate a public location to share resources about Deaf people and their history. The MDHAC opened in 2001 in Olathe, Kansas, across the street from the Kansas School for the Deaf as the first independently-run nonprofit museum about Deaf people that is not affiliated with any educational or government entity. MDHAC’s mission is to advance and preserve knowledge about Deaf people, their languages, cultures, and experiences in the U.S and around the world.

Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum (www.trumanlibrary.gov) — Established in 1957 to preserve the official papers, books, and other historical materials relating to former U.S. President Harry S. Truman and to make them available to the public in a place suitable for exhibit and research.  Consistently ranked among the top tourism destinations in the Kansas City region, no visit to America’s heartland is complete without a trip to this library and museum. 

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (www.nlbm.com) — The NLBM is dedicated to honoring the extensive legacy of African-American baseball and its influence on the social fabric of America. Founded in 1990, this nonprofit organization serves as a beacon of remembrance and celebration within the vibrant tapestry of Kansas City, Missouri’s Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District. The museum is located two blocks from the historic Paseo YMCA, where visionary Andrew ‘Rube’ Foster laid the foundation for the Negro National League in 1920.

National WWI Museum and Memorial (www.theworldwar.org) — This museum has its roots in the Liberty Memorial Association formed right after World War I. Recognizing its significance, the U.S. Congress designated it as the National WWI Museum and Memorial in 2004. This led to the construction of a large museum and research center, which opened to the public in 2006. Since then, it has welcomed over two million visitors. In 2008, Frank Buckles, the last surviving WWI veteran, visited the museum. The U.S. Congress reaffirmed the museum’s status in 2014, further solidifying its significance as a national institution.

Combo Registration

Combo Registration

The DSA 2025 Conference is an event that you won't want to miss! Our conference is designed to provide a platform for Deaf seniors to come together, learn important information, and form meaningful connections with others. Register now to take advantage of our early bird combo rate and save on your registration. This special Early Bird offer is available until June 30, 2024, so don't delay!

Who's Attending

Check out who will be attending the Deaf Seniors of America Conference! This listing will be continually updated to include registered attendees, exhibitors, workshop presenters, and conference sponsors. Use this opportunity to plan your networking strategy, reconnect with old colleagues, and make new connections.

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