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Additional Events

In addition to our main program, we have *add-on events that can be purchased during the main registration process. If you’ve already registered for Convention and would like to attend these events, please reach out to Robin Powers at robin@cmig.com.

Board Leadership Training Institute

Sunday, September 26, 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
*Add-on event: $30 per person

Join nationally recognized nonprofit organization management expert Amy Coates Madsen, Director, Standards for Excellence Institute for this three-hour interactive learning session on board excellence. The program will highlight the most important aspects of governance from both the board and board member perspective to help support and strengthen local and state chapter boards and members.

Professional Development Seminar

Sunday, September 26, 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
*Add-on event: NCE Member $50 per person | NCE Non-Member – $75 per person

The Professional Development Seminar is an opportunity for chapter staff and chapter executives from across the country to meet in person, network, and attend sessions that are unified by a common theme that changes each year. Alonzo Kelly will be this year’s PDS speaker. Get ready to get motivated!

2021 Catalyst Awards

Monday, September 27, 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Presented in the Opening General Session

The Arc’s Catalyst Awards recognize businesses, individuals, and other organizations that have made extraordinary contributions toward greater social inclusion and the advancement of the human and civil rights of people with IDD.

Sephora has demonstrated a deep commitment to creating an accessible and inclusive work environment, with equal pay for equal work, recognizing that a diverse workforce is a strong workforce to achieve corporate goals. Sephora has stepped up with incredible philanthropic support of The Arc and other disability organizations in this COVID-19 crisis.

After more than a decade of unjust prosecution and abuse in the criminal justice system, Neli Latson, a Black man with multiple disabilities, is finally a free man. Neli’s case galvanized disability rights activists, bringing national attention to overly aggressive and sometimes deadly policing, prosecution and sentencing practices, and the horrifying mistreatment of people with disabilities in jails. Neli and his mom Lisa will be honored for their persistence and criminal justice advocacy.

NCE Awards Ceremony

Monday, September 27, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
*Free admission

Behind each chapter of The Arc, there are passionate and dedicated leaders. The National Conference of Executives of The Arc (NCE) Awards honor the professional excellence and achievement of NCE members who make significant contributions to strengthen their chapter’s service to people with IDD. These awards celebrate those who strive for excellence, put our clients first, and deliver great results. At this year’s award ceremony, the 2020 and 2021 Award recipients will be recognized. Check out our 2020/2021 award recipients.

Annual Business Meeting

Tuesday, September 28, 1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

The Arc’s Annual Business Meeting is an opportunity for attendees to engage directly with The Arc’s National Board of Directors. This year the highlight of the meeting will be the proposed Core Values and Guiding Principles for The Arc. Check out the meeting kit and agenda.

National Council of Self Advocates Symposium - Cancelled

Law enforcement officers must receive training to interact effectively with people with disabilities. However, it is equally vital for people with disabilities to learn how to interact safely with law enforcement officers. This year, nationally-known speaker, author, and filmmaker, Emily Iland, will lead a jam-packed interactive session for attendees with disabilities in a safe, comfortable environment. Attendees can learn how to interact with law enforcement in common situations. Activities include practice following directions from officers and learning to ask for help. Attendees will also learn about uniforms and safety tools that the police use. Our symposium is created for attendees with disabilities; however, attendees without disabilities are welcome to observe or participate as space permits.

Happy Party Gras! – Cancelled

Come and relax with The Arc of Louisiana and The Arc of Greater New Orleans at the Presbytere Museum! The Presbytere is the space in the heart of the French Quarter that overlooks Jackson Square and includes the Mardi Gras and Katrina Exhibits.