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)

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


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