The national office of The Arc hosts several events each year designed to bring together advocates, families, chapters, members and professionals in the intellectual and developmental disability community to share ideas, inspiration and resources. Foremost of these is the annual National Convention, held in cities throughout the U.S. each fall which attracts nearly 1000 people for educational sessions, business meetings and social events. Also, we host the Disability Policy Seminar each year on Capitol Hill for advocates and activists to learn about policy issues and meet with their representatives in Congress. This page is your source for information about upcoming events – bookmark us and check back often for new opportunities to get involved in the intellectual and developmental disability movement.

Disability Policy Seminar

The annual Disability Policy Seminar brings together advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities with public policy experts and the staff of six hosting organizations who serve people with I/DD to go in-depth on pressing policy issues and other topics of importance to the I/DD movement during two full-day sessions in Washington, D.C. The Seminar culminates with a third day spent on Capitol Hill where attendees have the opportunity to meet with their elected officials. Each year approximately 700 people take advantage of this chance to learn, discuss, network and advocate for change. Hosted by: The Arc, United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), and Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE).

More about the Disability Policy Seminar.

The NCE Summer Leadership Institute

The NCE Summer Leadership Institute is your opportunity to network and learn with professionals in the intellectual and developmental disability community who experience similar challenges while sharing the same values. This special annual event allows leaders and others involved with Chapters of The Arc to come together to find renewed energy and creative solutions for the issues we face on a daily basis.

National Convention

Once a year, The Arc’s network meets in person—and we are gearing up for yet another exceptional event! The National Convention provides the chance for you to network with other families, service providers, and members of the disability community. Please join us to connect with the core of The Arc’s network, celebrate all we have achieved, and impact the future! 

The Arc & Sprout National Film Festival Puts the Spotlight on I/DD

The Arc has partnered with Sprout, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing innovative programming to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to create a national film festival. Participating chapters are scheduling events across the country featuring films for, about and by people with I/DD. While providing an entertaining and educational experience for the audience, the films also give performers and other artists with I/DD a creative outlet and platform for their ideas. Find out more about film festival events near you by visiting the host chapter’s Website and check out for a sampling of films.

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Events Schedule

NCE Summer Leadership Institute
July 18 - 20, 2016
Palm Springs, CA

National Convention & International Forum
October 27 - 29, 2016
Orlando, FL

The Arc's Catalyst Awards
October 28, 2016
Orlando, Florida