The Arc’s National Convention & International Forum October 25-28 will be filled with enlightening and informative sessions on such topics as what it means to live in the community, be a leader in the movement for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and creating change through advocacy. And, we’ll hear from heavy-weight speakers such as advocate Judy Heumann and Eric Rosenthal of Disability Rights International.
But it’s not all work and no play. If you’re joining us in Washington D.C. this year, come prepared for a weekend filled with fun in addition to the vital information you’ll gain during sessions and the valuable connections you’ll make with others in the intellectual and developmental disabilities community.
Red Hot on the Red Carpet! – This opening night event pairs the glamour of Hollywood with inspiring and thought provoking short films made for and about people with I/DD which will be screened during The Arc & Sprout National Film Festival. Plan to get dressed up and stroll the “red carpet” but be prepared for the paparazzi and autograph seekers! The red carpet festivities are open to all, but the film festival is a ticketed event. During the film festival, we’ll be giving away free DVD copies of “One Question” – a short film by Sprout which asks one important question to a group of individuals with disabilities. You’ll be inspired by their answers!
Meet New Friends from Across the Globe – Inclusion International, a global federation of organizations advocating for people with I/DD is co-hosting this year’s event and we’re expecting many of their members from countries as diverse as Panama, Lebanon, Uganda and New Zealand. Make new friends and get an international perspective on the issues.
The Arc’s Annual Research Luncheon – Celebrate the international flavor imported by our event partners, Inclusion International, at a tartan-themed luncheon recognizing accomplishments in the research field.
The Market and Entrepreneur Alley – visit The Marketplace exhibit hall to discover unique micro businesses run by self-advocate entrepreneurs and purchase hand crafted art and other items created by people with I/DD.
The Marketplace Bookstore – browse through titles published by AAIDD and other sources on topics of interest to people with I/DD, their families and professionals in the field.
Rock the Night Hand Dancing Celebration – close out this year’s event with an evening of hand dancing, also known as “D.C. Swing.” Everyone can enjoy this traditional form of swing dancing that can be traced back to the 1920s.
Register Now and Save – Early Registration and Room Rates Available Until September 3!