The Arc’s “New and Improved” National Convention

Thank you to the hundreds of past attendees of The Arc’s National Convention who shared their thoughts on how we could improve our annual event. We learned from all of the survey responses what you really want from this important event, and this year you can expect a fresh and exciting program in New Orleans from September 30 – October 2.

We are thrilled to announce Ron Suskind, Pulitzer Prize- winning journalist and author will be one of our keynote speakers. His latest work, Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism, chronicles his family’s twenty year struggle with their youngest son’s autism. Ron will be attending convention with his son Owen and his wife Cornelia. Plus, Fred Maahs, Director of National Partnerships for Comcast Corporation and Vice President of Comcast Foundation, will speak about his personal experience as a person with a disability, his commitment to community service, and the benefits of corporate/nonprofit partnerships.

Visit our newly redesigned Convention website and register today!

The Arc’s “New and Improved” National Convention

Thank you to the hundreds of past attendees of The Arc’s National Convention who shared their thoughts on how we could improve our annual event. We learned from all of the survey responses what you really want from this important event, and this year you can expect a fresh and exciting program in New Orleans from September 30 – October 2.

We are thrilled to announce Ron Suskind, Pulitzer Prize- winning journalist and author will be one of our keynote speakers. His latest work, Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism, chronicles his family’s twenty year struggle with their youngest son’s autism. Ron will be attending convention with his son Owen and his wife Cornelia. Plus, Fred Maahs, Director of National Partnerships for Comcast Corporation and Vice President of Comcast Foundation, will speak about his personal experience as a person with a disability, his commitment to community service, and the benefits of corporate/nonprofit partnerships.

Visit our newly redesigned Convention website and register today!

The Arc’s National Convention – Last Chance for Early Bird Discounts and Rooms!

Register now for The Arc’s National Convention before early registration discounts end this Friday.  And, book your room at the Hyatt Regency now before our room block fills up.  Rooms are going fast and we don’t want you to miss out on an excellent program August 3-5 in Bellevue, Washington.  This year’s Convention is packed full of innovation and inspiration dedicated to Achieving Momentum in the movement for people with I/DD.  Sign up now to hear from technology giants Verizon and Microsoft and acclaimed author Buzz Bissinger! You can also choose from dozens of sessions devoted to technology, family support, grassroots development, and hear exciting ideas coming out of our chapters.

Acclaimed Author Confirmed for Convention Keynote

Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights, will be The Arc’s keynote speaker at the National Convention outside of Seattle August 3-5. Register now to hear from this acclaimed author as he introduces his new book Father’s Day about his relationship with his son with I/DD. Take advantage of discounted early bird rates until July 5 at www.thearc.org/convention.

Registration Now Open for The Arc’s National Convention

Make your plans now to join old friends and make new ones at The Arc’s annual gathering of more than 700 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, families, professionals, experts in the field, and special guests. This year we’re headed to the East Side of Seattle, August 3-5 for three full days dedicated to Achieving Momentum in the I/DD movement and you’re invited! Registration is now open, so take advantage of early bird discounts along with the best availability of rooms at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue.

Taking a cue from our tech-savvy host city, the home of Microsoft’s flagship store, this year’s event is all about innovation! You’ll be treated to technology demonstrations from some of the top names in the communications and technology fields who are constantly coming up with new ways to help people live better, more connected lives. Plus, we have sessions planned on supporting self-advocacy, building our grassroots network, updates from Washington, ACA implementation, and Medicaid managed care. Get more details at www.thearc.org/convention and register today.

The Arc’s 2012 National Convention – Early Registration Extended

Now you have more time to register and save up to $100 off the regular registration rate.

You don’t want to miss the incredible slate of informative sessions and enlightening speakers we have on tap for you in Washington, D.C. October 25-28. Plus, we’re partnering with Inclusion International to bring a global perspective to the question of what it really means to live and be included in the community for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Even if you can’t attend the entire conference, one-day and special event tickets are available at lower rates, so register now. To learn more about the program check out our website and register today!

The Arc’s 2012 National Convention

Social Security Commissioner Michael J. Astrue will be on hand to receive this year’s President’s Award at The Arc’s National Convention & International Forum October 25-28 in Washington, D.C. Commissioner Astrue is being honored for a steadfast commitment to people with disabilities, including people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, during his tenure at the Social Security Administration.  He helped reduce the average length of time applicants wait to receive Social Security disability benefits and helped develop and expand initiatives such as Compassionate Allowances and Quick Disability Determinations that seek to provide benefits quickly to applicants with the most severe disabilities. Plan to join us to hear from the Commissioner personally. Check out the full program and register now.