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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!

Schedule at a Glance

We are finalizing programming. Schedule subject to change!

October 26, 2020


12:00 – 1:15 pm

General Session
(with Catalyst Awards

1:15 – 2:15 pm

“Fireside Chat” Networking

2:15 – 2:30 pm

Break (sponsored video content)

2:30 – 3:30 pm

Breakout(s) + National Council of Self Advocates to National Council of Self Advocates Symposium + Professional Development Seminar

October 27, 2020


12:00 – 1:00 pm

Breakout(s) + Professional
Development Seminar

1:00 – 2:00 pm

“Fireside Chat” Networking

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Business Meeting (convening and voting)

3:30 – 3:45 pm


3:45 – 4:45 pm

Strategic Framework

5:00 – 6:00 pm

Sibling Happy Hour

October 28, 2020


1:00 – 1:15 pm


1:15 – 2:30 pm

General Session

2:30 – 4:00 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 events@thearc.org. On the last page, you must hit the Complete Registration button. You should receive an email that confirms your registration.

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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