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May 5, 2017

Gateway to Change - NCE SLI 2017

Registration Open: SLI 2017

Registration is open for the 2017 Summer Leadership Institute, taking place July 24 – 26 in St. Louis, MO! Register today to take advantage of the early bird registration rates! Join us to engage in meaningful discussions with fellow chapter staff and develop skills you can replicate, tailor, and apply directly back in your local communities. Learn from over 40 nationally-recognized speakers (including author and activist Bryan Stevenson) and hear from The Arc staff around the country, who are tackling the same challenges and situations in their own chapters. The best teacher is experience, and your peers have tons to share with you! Register Now!

NCE Silent Auction

Help Us Make the 2017 Silent Auction Bigger and Better! 

The NCE Silent Auction is the premier fundraiser of NCE. Proceeds fund scholarships for NCE members to attend the annual Summer Leadership Institute and Professional Development Seminars. In the last 2 years, it has raised over $15,000 and awarded 30 scholarships. But we believe—with your help—we can be bigger, do better, and give more in 2017! Please help us make this the best Silent Auction ever by helping us locate items to be donated. Reach out to your family members, friends, business associates, local businesses, strangers on your commute, anyone you can think of!   

If you have any questions, contact Dawn Cooper ( If you have an item to donate, contact Carrie Hobbs Guiden at

NCE Award Winners

Nominations Open: NCE Distinguished Professional Achievement Awards

The NCE Distinguished Professional Achievement Awards celebrate those who strive for excellence, put our clients first, and deliver great results. Since 1980, the awards have honored the professional excellence and achievement of NCE members as well as those persons outside the membership who make significant contributions on behalf of our constituency on a daily basis. Awards will be presented at The Arc’s NCE Awards Luncheon during The Arc’s 2017 Convention in San Diego, CA on November 2-4, 2017.  Nomination deadline: June 9, 2017.

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Nominate Your Catalyst Today!

Nominations are officially open for our 2017 Catalyst Awards! The Catalyst Awards recognize individuals, businesses, and other organizations that are champions for achievement in the lives of people with I/DD. Each awardee illustrates what can be achieved and how we must move forward to create a fully inclusive society. Nomination categories include advocacy, education, employment, media/entertainment/marketing, and philanthropy. Know someone who deserves to be honored? Nominate them today! Deadline: Friday, May 26. 


Congratulations to This Year's Scholarship Winners! 

Every year NCE is able to award a small amount of financial scholarships to our chapter network in order to attend one of the year’s great events. We received a large volume of scholarship applicants and while all of those applications were well deserved, only a few were selected. We thank all of those applied and look forward to seeing your applications for next year! 

This year’s scholarship winners are:




Jennifer McClure

Director of Programs

The Arc of DC (DC)

Olabimpe Funmi Korede

Director of Day

Northeast Arc (MA)

Katrina Spooner

Chief Administrative

The Arc Macon (GA)

Andy Kirby

Executive Director


The Arc of Greater Boone County (IN)

Sandra "Sam" Beech

Director of Children's Services

The Arc Caddo-Bossier (LA)

Stephen Sauer

Executive Director

Arc of Greater New Orleans (LA)

Billy Parker

Executive Director

Chandler Gilbert Arc (AZ)

Ashley Dennis

Executive Director

ARC of Greater New Haven, Inc

Diane Scottaline

Executive Director

The Arc of Benton County (OR)

Susan Rush

Executive Director

The Arc Community Advocates (MI)

Gena D. Richardson

Executive Director

The Arc of Clarke County (AL)

Lynn K. Grubb

Executive Director

The Arc Shiawassee County (MI)

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Medicaid & ACA Videos - Please Share

Over the next few weeks, The Arc is releasing a series of personal story videos about the role of Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act in the lives of people with disabilities and their families.  The first two videos can be found here and here. Please help us to promote these important stories by sharing the videos widely including on social media, your websites, with legislators, and with your networks and friends and family. Please contact Claire Manning, Director of Advocacy & Mobilization at with any questions. 

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Training staff through flourishing partnerships

The partnership between The Arc and Relias Learning has blossomed over the last two years to provide quality online learning and training opportunities to providers and professionals in the I/DD sector. Currently there are over 25 chapters of The Arc using Relias Learning Management System. There are many benefits of partnering with Relias Learning to provide staff training, but don’t take our word for it. Take a look at what Leah Ortiz, Executive Director of The Arc of Calhoun County in Battle Creek, MI has to say on why she chose to use Relias!


Organizational Transformation: Guiding Principles for Community Providers

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) study on the progress and barriers relating to organizational transformation is complete! The report addresses the following areas:

  1. The experiences of chapter leaders of The Arc, including progress, common barriers, and future plans.
  2. Emerging findings from a Delphi process regarding essential elements seen as critical to successful organizational transformation.
  3. A set of key considerations for providers as they move their organizational transformation efforts forward.

Read more about these exciting findings by downloading the report

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The Arc@School's Special Education Advocacy Report

The Arc@School is happy to share its recent report on Special Education Advocacy and The Arc’s Chapter Network. The Arc@School conducted an investigation of existing special education advocacy programs, including a scan of academic research journals, identification of existing advocacy training programs, conversations with key special education advocacy stakeholders, and outreach to special education advocates in The Arc’s chapter network. The report describes information obtained from the investigation, including elements of existing advocacy training programs, how advocacy is being provided in The Arc’s chapter network, and the research found regarding special education advocacy. The report concludes with program recommendations for The Arc@School. You can find the report here.  

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Interested in learning about NCE and The Arc's partnership with NTEN? Read more. NCE members, you and your staff members are eligible for NTEN membership! Log in to learn more!


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