2021 Virtual Summer Conference

Managing Daily Life with EDS & HSD

June 26-27, 2021

Community and Healthcare Professionals Event

Join us for our Virtual Summer Conference 2021, with leading expert presentations on Managing daily life with Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) and hypermobility spectrum disorders (HSD). Talks will discuss practical management advice, the latest research, and clinical understanding, and cover a wide range of topics around improving quality of life including:

  • Complementary therapies
  • Physical Therapy
  • Movement therapy and Pilates
  • Relationships and EDS and HSD
  • Advocacy for and supporting children at school
  • Managing pain and fatigue
  • Anxiety and hypermobility
  • Managing ADHD
  • Working with your healthcare team

The full agenda will be announced soon!

Community Voices will feature lived experiences from those living with EDS and HSD, and how they manage aspects of their EDS, HSD, and symptoms. If you would be interested in sharing your experiences on video, please complete this form

Junior Zebras Program

We are delighted to announce a dazzling program dedicated to our younger members, our Junior Zebras! Experts from various disciplines will come together to share information and advice on how children and teenagers can manage daily life with EDS and HSD.

Saturday, June 26, 2021 – Junior Zebras: Kids (Ages 6-12)

Sunday, June 27, 2021 – Junior Zebras: Teens (Ages 13-18)

A Virtual Event with Live Translations

This virtual event is suitable for the EDS and HSD community, their families and caregivers, and healthcare professionals. The agenda will be announced soon! We are delighted to be offering live translations during this event in English (original language), French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese.

The conference will take place June 26-27 2021, from 08:45 AM – 4:45 PM Eastern Daylight Time (please use the converter world time buddy to find the correct times in your location), and will take place online via Zoom Webinar. If you are unable to attend the sessions live due to timezone or other reasons, registrants will receive access on-demand to view as they wish after the event. 

If you have questions about this event please email events@ehlers-danlos.com

How to Register

Please follow the community or healthcare professionals sign-up buttons below to sign up for our Virtual Summer Conference 2021 event.

Junior Zebras: Kids and Teens Schedules

Kids Schedule (Ages 6-12) – Saturday, June 26, 2021

  • 9:35 am -10 am   Self Advocacy
  • 10:05 am-10:30 am    Nutrition and Hydration
  • 11:35 am-12 pm   Physical Therapy and Exercise
  • 12:05 pm-12:30 pm   Art, Music, and Coping
  • 1:55 pm-2:20 pm   Let’s Chat! Reflections from Today

Teens Schedule (Ages 13-18) – Sunday, June 27, 2021

  • 9:35 am -10 am  Tips and Tricks for Self-Managing Pain and Fatigue
  • 10:05 am-10:30 am   Deep Breathing Exercises and Other Ways to Manage Pain and Anxiety
  • 11:35 am-12 pm  Self Advocacy
  • 12:05 pm-12:30 pm  Nutrition and Hydration
  • 1:55 pm-2:20 pm  Art, Music, and Coping
  • 2:25 pm – 3:00 pm  Physical Therapy and Exercise
  • 4:15 pm – 4:40 pm  Let’s Chat! Reflections from Today

The Junior Zebras events will take place online, via Zoom. Zoom is an online platform to provide safe video and chat-based education and interactive workshops on computers, tablets, and smartphones. The Ehlers-Danlos Society Staff and approved experts will host the Junior Zebras events via Zoom and will provide a secure link and password to the participant’s Parent or Guardian to enable them to join the event. Learn more.

How to Register Junior Zebras

Please follow the sign-up buttons below to sign up in your chosen language.

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Enter Zebras Got Talent!

We are inviting all artists and creators to take part in “Zebras Got Talent” virtual show, by submitting their original work!

Taking place during our Virtual Summer Conference 2021, Zebras Got Talent is an online exhibition that will showcase the creativity of those in our community. Your entries will be uploaded for conference attendees to view and vote for their favorite on our event app, Whova.

The theme for this exhibition is “Living with EDS or HSD”, and submissions could include a talent of your choice such as:

  • Visual Arts
  • Photography
  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Dance
  • Graphic Design
  • Dramatic Arts
  • Cooking
  • Playing a musical instrument
  • A Tik-Tok video
  • Performing a Magic Act
  • Stand-up Comedy
  • Cheerleading
  • Telling a story
  • Show off your DJ skills
  • Hula-hooping
  • Ventriloquism
  • Gymnastics Routine
  • Creating an interactive Science Project
  • Face-painting
  • Martial arts
  • Lip-sync your Favorite Song

We can’t wait to see your talents and performances!

Please note: You must be registered to attend the Virtual Summer Conference to enter Zebras Got Talent.

Virtual Summer Conference 2021 Merchandise – Now Available to Order!

Virtual Summer Conference T-shirts

For t-shirts, sweatshirts, and more – head over to the online shop to order your Virtual Summer Conference 2021 Society merchandise!

Thanks to the generosity of donors, The Ehlers-Danlos Society will be providing a number of scholarships in 2021.

Registration scholarships for virtual events include access to the event app and all privileges of a full paying attendee.

Supporting Sponsors

DM Orthotics


Sponsorships are available for this conference; please see our prospectus and commitment form, or contact the development team at giving@ehlers-danlos.com.