Attendee Information

The Arc’s National Convention is a great opportunity to learn and grow. There is so much to see and do that we wanted to make sure our attendees are as prepared as possible! Below is a list of everything you should know before arriving – scroll down or click on links below to learn more.

On-Site Registration
Schedule of Events
NCE Silent Auction
Acing Social Media
Planning The Arc’s Future
Technology Learning Lab
The Arc’s Long-Range Strategic Planning Session
Accessibility Guide

Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center
2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37214
For more information on the venue and how to get there, visit our travel page.

Our registration and information desk will be open at the below times and locations. Please check-in at the registration desk to pick up your official badge, program book and other materials.

Date Time Location
Wednesday, November 7 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM Arcade Level – Between Cascades Atrium & Garden Conservatory
Thursday, November 8 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM Governor’s Registration
Friday, November 9 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Governor’s Registration
Saturday, November 10 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM Governor’s Registration

Join us on Friday evening as we celebrate champions of inclusion at the 2018 Catalyst Awards. This year’s winners hail from a wide swath of our society, each of them breaking ground in how society perceives people with disabilities.
This event is open to all registered attendees and you are encouraged to join in on the fun! The dress code for this evening event is Cocktail Optional Attire.
For more information on the Catalyst Awards and their winners, go to

There are so many great speakers, sessions and opportunities to network at the Convention. Make sure you can get to all of it by checking out the schedule in advance.

Each year at The Arc’s National Convention, the National Conference of Executives of The Arc (NCE) hosts a silent auction. Proceeds make possible scholarships for budding chapter leaders, as well as funding disaster relief for our chapters when tragedy strikes. The NCE Silent Auction opens online 10/25 and closes on 11/9 at National Convention.
Visit our 2018 Silent Auction Welcome Center to view and bid on items, or visit the auction in person at Convention:

Date Time Location
Thursday, November 8 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM Delta Ballroom Foyer
Friday, November 9 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM Delta Ballroom Foyer

Leading up to the Convention, show off how excited you are to attend by sharing our Attendee Badge on your social media channels. Click on the image below to share on Facebook.

Then, during Convention, show off all the great things you are learning and experiencing at the Convention using our hashtag: #TheArc2018

Join staff from Middle Tennessee’s Technology Access Center as they demonstrate how many low-cost environmental controls and strategies that mainstream technologies such as Google Voice, and Amazon Alexa can be used as Enabling Technologies to increase the independence of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Interact with these technologies as well as other samples of assistive technology for low-vision, communication, and recreation.
Friday, November 9 | 2:00 – 4:00 PM| Governor’s Ballroom D

The Arc’s current long-term plan, the Strategic Framework for the Future of The Arc, 2010-2019 – A Clear Path Forward, expires at the end of next year. Join us in this interactive session to kick-off the process to develop a new plan to guide The Arc in 2020 and beyond. We need your engagement to envision the future for people with I/DD and their families, and for chapters of The Arc, and define the goals and strategies that we, collectively, should pursue to get there! View The Arc’s Strategic Framework Major Accomplishments 2010 – 2018.
Saturday, November 10 | 8:00 – 9:00 AM | Delta Ballroom BC

Utilize this accessibility guide to map out all of the accessible resources available to you at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.