*Note: These are ticketed events. Please choose the events you wish to attend and add them to your registration.

Achieving Leadership Pre-conference sponsored by NCE

Saturday, August 3, 2013 @ 7:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

No One Promised You a Rose Garden, but a Few Less Thorns Would Be Helpful...
Presenter: John Delves, CEO, Southeastern Training and Development Corporation

John Delves has been inspiring audiences for decades with his no nonsense approach to developing leaders. With wit and a bit of flair...he will guide us through an interactive session discussing "You" as the leader: a developer of people, communicator, coach, barrier breaker, bureaucracy smasher, expediter, and facilitator. John will focus on leadership styles that are keen to the multiple generations who work side by side in our chapters. This pre-conference is designed for both volunteer leaders (board and committee members) as well as professional staff to take tools and skills back home and implement. You will be making an investment to take back to your chapter! *Registration required.  Read more about the NCE pre-conference.

Self Advocacy Pre-conference sponsored by the National Council of Self Advocates of The Arc

Saturday, August 3, 2013 @ 9:00 a.m. - noon

Oh, the Possibilities: Self-Advocates as Leaders in Your Community
Various speakers will present an interactive and entertaining session exploring the possibilities for self-advocate leaders in the community. This pre-conference will include training on effective communication, networking, building leadership skills, developing funding for self-advocacy group startups, and a demonstration of Self-Advocacy Online, a website dedicated to the self-advocacy movement. Don’t miss a special presentation of the history of the disability movement and civil rights and an art activity to get the crowd going as well. *Registration required.

The Arc in The Park

Saturday, August 3, 2013 @ 12:30 p.m.

Join us at the scenic Bellevue Downtown Park, just a short walk from the hotel. Grab your own lunch from a one of the many eateries along the way, and settle in at the picnic area to hear some great speakers. State Senator Dan McDonald, State Representative Cyrus Habib, and King County Library System Director Bill Ptacek, all members of the Bellevue Rotary Club, will speak about their rotary’s initiative on supportive employment and also their efforts to improve the park’s accessibility. We may also catch a glimpse of the California-based Patriots Jet Team in the air!

Reception for all Chapter Leaders

Saturday, August 3, 2013 @ 5:15 p.m.

The National Conference of Executives of The Arc (NCE) extends an invitation to all Chapter Leaders: Executive Directors, Management staff, and Board members to gather with colleagues old and new. Take the opportunity to meet and enjoy the company of others who share in the passion of The Arc. No charge. Must register in advance.

Local Host Committee Opening Event... A night of laughter and dance

Saturday, August 3, 2013 @ 7:00 p.m. 

Enjoy live entertainment with other attendees as Jet City Improv, a local comedy group, performs. Following the Improv, two local bands with self-advocate band members—Voices of the Village & The Jackson Memory Band—will take the stage for the rest of the evening. Come out and enjoy some laughs before dancing the night away to the beat of some awesome local musicians. $15.00 / per person. Includes light refreshments.

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The Jackson Memory Band
The Jackson Memory Band

Voices of the Village
Voices of the Village

The Arc’s Research Luncheon

Sunday, August 4, 2013 @ 12:30 p.m.

The Arc’s Research Luncheon features keynote presentations from some of the most innovative and successful researchers in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities today. Join us to learn more about current programmatic and research developments at The Arc, honor our two Research Awardees, and mark the past year’s milestones as we anticipate the future of Research and Innovation at The Arc. $75.00 / per person.

Marketplace Opening Reception

Sunday, August 4, 2013 @ 6:00 p.m.


2013 NCE Distinguished Professional Achievement Awards Luncheon

Monday, August 5, 2013 @ 12:15 p.m.

The National Conference of Executives of The Arc (NCE) honors the professional excellence and achievement of leaders who devote their career to fulfilling the mission, core values and position statements of The Arc. Join us in celebrating the accomplishments and commitment of the professionals who lead our chapters across the nation. $75.00 / per person.

Red Hot on the Red Carpet &
The Arc and Sprout National Film Festival

Monday, August 5, 2013 @ 6:30 p.m.

Back by popular demand, The Arc’s red carpet will be popping up in Bellevue, WA. Last year, hundreds of self-advocates and other attendees strutted their stuff on the red carpet and brought a bit of Hollywood glam to convention. This year it will be happening again with all the fun and swag of last year, and a few additional surprises. Join us as we close out convention with a bang! Plan to dress up and stroll our red carpet before the The Arc & Sprout National Film Festival . Be prepared to have your picture snapped by our paparazzi and be ready to chat it up on the red carpet with our celebrity correspondents. And, someone may even ask you for your autograph – after all, you are the star of our show! You won’t want to miss this special silver screen showing of short films and videos created by, about and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. $15.00 / per person or $20.00 / per person at the door.