Countdown to the Event

About the Event & NCE

Summer Leadership Institute, hosted by The Arc and its National Conference of Executives (NCE), unites executives, leaders, and professionals from across the disability sector in pursuit of a shared mission. The Summer Leadership Institute’s goal is for everyone to work better and smarter towards a shared purpose: ensuring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) achieve their full civil and human rights and are fully included in their communities.

Attendees engage in constructive dialogue and discussion, gain valuable knowledge of current issues facing the disability community, and receive educational materials to help further develop and hone their professional skills.

This year’s event focuses heavily on the most pressing issues in the disability community, including the intersection of race and disability, funding for home and community based services, Social Security and SSI policy developments, the DSP workforce crisis, building powerful boards, and much more.

Can’t attend but still want to support our work? Any donations are appreciated if you’re able!

Registration Rates

Online registration is now closed. Attendees can register onsite from July 17 – 20.

Registration Rate Deadlines NCE Member* Non-NCE Member
Early Bird (on or before June 30) $599 $699
Regular (after June 30) $699 $799


* All executive directors of chapters of The Arc are automatically members of NCE. Other chapter staff can join here for a fee. NCE membership is not open to those outside of The Arc’s chapter network at this time. For more information, contact Abby Owusu at [email protected].

Schedule at a Glance

Schedule is tentative and subject to change. Check back for updates!

All times are listed in Central Daylight Time.

July 18, 2022


8:15 am – 9:15 am


9:15 am – 10:55 am

Opening General Session:
Returning Civility to Our Discourse: The Art of Authentic Inquiry
Alonzo Kelly, Kelly Leadership Group

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

General Session:
Direct Support Workforce and COVID-19: What Do We Do Now?

1:45 pm – 3:00 pm

Breakout Session:
1) Ensuring Access, Equity, & Inclusion: Strategies for Sustainable Change
2) Get Your State Organized!
3) Sowing the Seeds of Inclusion at an Early Age
4) Strategies in Recruiting & Retaining Staff Post COVID-19

3:10 pm – 4: 25pm

Breakout Session:
1) Transformative Lessons From a ‘Small Shop’
2) Evaluating Main Street’s Affordable, Inclusive Apartments & Membership: Lessons Learned
3) Making the School Connection to Support Employment Goals
4) The Changing World of Training and Education for First Responders

5:00 pm – 6:15 pm

Breakout Session:
1) Engaging Everyone: Creating Accessible, Powerful Social Media Content
2) Junior Boards from Inception to Maturity
3) National Expansion of Employment Opportunities Network: Advancing Competitive Integrated Employment​
4) Our Portals of Discovery

6:30 pm - Until

Evening Event

July 19, 2022


8:00 am – 9:00 am


9:00 am – 10:30 am

General Session:
Federal Policy Update

11:00 am – 12:15 pm

General Session:
Enhancing Care in the Emergency Room for People With IDD

1:45 pm – 3:00 pm

Breakout Session:
1) Building Purposeful Boards, Igniting Powerful Performance
2) Creating an Inclusive Civic Life for People With Disabilities
3) Meet Today’s Donors: How the Pandemic Changed Giving Expectations
4) Tools to Assess and Improve Day Services and Supports

3:10 pm – 4:25 pm

Breakout Session:
1) Cultivate Learning That Advances Everyone; People With IDD and You
2) Embracing “Mini Moments”​ to Engage Donors and Stimulate Fundraising
3) The Arc Middlesex County Leadership Institute
4) The Power of Stories for Medicaid Advocacy

4:45 pm – 6:00 pm

Breakout Session:
1) Establishing Collaborative Partnerships With Local Law Enforcement Agencies & Jails
2) Expanding Your Talent Pool: Disability Inclusion in Manufacturing
3) Positive Impact of Telemedicine in the IDD Field
4) What Is Safe? Trauma, Resilience, and What’s Next

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm


July 20, 2022


8:00 am – 9:00 am


9:00 am – 10:00 am

General Session:
The Intersection of Race and Disability: A Panel Discussion

10:15 am – 11:00 am

Closing General Session Part 1:
Building Support for the IDD Community

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Closing General Session Part 2:
Connect With New Supporters, Raise Awareness, and Strengthen Our Brand


This year’s event is made possible by the generous support of our 2022 sponsors. Take a few minutes to see what they have to offer! Whatever your role in your organization, they’ll have a tool that you can add to your toolbox in your daily work.

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