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.

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. Learn more.

Catalyst Awards

The Arc’s Catalyst Awards have been created to recognize individuals, businesses, and other organizations that are catalysts for achievement in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Each honoree has done something remarkable that helps fulfill The Arc’s mission to promote and protect the human rights of people with I/DD. Their work embodies what inclusion truly means. Furthermore, their contributions are of national significance because they advance public understanding and acceptance of people with I/DD in a variety of arenas—from employment and philanthropy to education and media. Each award illustrates what can be achieved and how we must move forward to create a fully inclusive society. The goal of these awards is to turn a national spotlight to individuals and organizations that are setting an example of what civil rights for people I/DD should be. Learn more.

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). Learn more.

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. Learn more. 


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Events Schedule 


The Arc's National Convention
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
November 8 - 10, 2018
Nashville, TN

Disability Policy SeminarRenaissance Hotel
April 8 - 10, 2019
Washington, DC

NCE Summer Leadership InstituteHyatt Place + Hyatt House
July 22 – 24, 2019
Charleston, SC

The Arc's National Convention
Grand Hyatt 
October 11 - 14, 2019
Washington, DC

Disability Policy SeminarRenaissance Hotel
March 23 - 25, 2020
Washington, DC