Countdown to the Event

Learn From The Best in the Disability Community!

We look forward to you joining us for a dynamic online program. Please check back regularly for updates and program schedule.

The Arc’s National Convention is an unmatched opportunity to connect and learn with advocates, professionals, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families. If you are interested in employment, education, advocacy, housing, criminal justice, and more – our sessions are sure to challenge, inspire, and motivate!

Virtual Exhibit Hall

The National Convention experience would not be complete without learning about technology and services available to support the disability community. The Arc established our special Virtual Exhibit Hall (VEH) to help you browse “digital booths” just like you do when attending an event in person. We hope you will tour the VEH to learn more about their products and services, connect with them at your convenience and engage with them to find out how this might benefit YOU!


Enjoy The Arc’s 2020 (Virtual) Exhibit Hall

Schedule at a Glance

We are finalizing programming. Schedule subject to change!

October 26, 2020


12:00 – 1:00 pm

Opening General Session
(with Catalyst Awards Presentation)

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm


1:15 – 2:00 pm

Fireside Chat Networking Groups

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Sponsored Break (Comcast)

2:15 – 3:15 pm

Breakout Sessions +  National Council of Self-Advocates Symposium + Professional Development Seminar

October 27, 2020


12:00 – 1:00 pm

Breakout Sessions + Professional
Development Seminar

1:00 – 1:15pm


1:15 – 2:00 pm

Fireside Chat Networking Groups

2:00 – 3:30 pm

The Annual Business Meeting (convening and voting)

3:30 – 3:45 pm

Sponsored Break (PhRMA)

3:45 – 4:45 pm

Strategic Framework

5:00 – 6:00 pm

Advocacy “Power Hour” (Pfizer)

October 28, 2020


12:00 – 1:00 pm

Breakout Sessions

1:00 – 1:15 pm

Sponsored Break (Therap)

1:15 – 2:15 pm

General Session (with NCE Awards Presentation)

2:15 – 3:45 pm

Business Meeting (speeches, reports, open forum)

Registration Information

We know times are tough and you need all the tools you can get to set your organization up for success. That’s why this year’s National Convention is FREE. Register below. Can’t attend but still want to support our work? Any donations are appreciated if you’re able! If you need any help, please email On the last page, you must hit the Complete Registration button. You should receive an email that confirms your registration.

Accessibility Information

For all sessions, except the Fireside Chats, we will provide:

  • Closed captioning
  • American Sign Language interpretation

Want to learn more about what to expect for a virtual National Convention? Check out these resources:

Video – Virtual Event Access & Inclusion Guidance for Participants

Slides – Virtual Event Access & Inclusion Guidance for Participants

Transcript – Virtual Event Access & Inclusion Guidance for Participants

Are you a speaker? Check out these presentation tips on access, equity, and inclusion:

Tips and Best Practices

Access, Equity, Inclusion Guidelines for Presenters

Video – Virtual Event Access & Inclusion Guidance for Presenters

Transcript – Access Equity Inclusion Guidelines for Presenters


For more access information, please email:

Additional Events

Interacting With Police: What You Need To Know Part 1

Many seminars focus on training police, but we also feel that self-advocates need to be empowered with information as well.
During this year’s Symposium, we will introduce some ideas about maintaining
personal safety if we engage with law enforcement. We will also ask for your feedback as we plan for 2021.

Professional Development Seminar

The Professional Development Seminar is an opportunity for staff and executives from chapters and other organizations to meet in person, network, and attend sessions that are unified by a common theme that changes each year. The Seminar takes place as a session track within The Arc’s National Convention.

NCE Awards

Behind each chapter of The Arc, there are passionate and dedicated leaders. The NCE Distinguished Professional Awards are held at National Convention and honor the professional excellence and achievement of those who make significant contributions to strengthen their local disability community and chapter. Join us to celebrate them!

Business Meeting

The Arc’s 2020 Annual Business Meeting is scheduled to take place virtually in conjunction with this year’s National Convention, October 26-28, 2020. The Annual Business Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday October 27 and will consider the following:

  • Proposed Bylaws amendment adding the Diversity Committee as a standing committee
  • Election of Officers and Directors
  • Adoption of proposed Position Statements

Introducing The Arc's New Strategic Framework

Now more than ever, The Arc must do our part to strategically build the disability rights movement into a more diverse and powerful force for change. Join us as we present our new Strategic Framework for the Future of The Arc and discuss how it was created, as well as how it will guide us into the future.


This year’s Convention will feature breakouts on topics that matter most to you. Whether you’re a family member, person with a disability, DSP, or organizational staff, you can expect to learn from experts and peers and gain the tools to make a difference in your community. The best part? Since this year’s event is virtual, you don’t have to choose between sessions if you’re interested in concurrent ones. Just catch the others on demand later!

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