2020 NCE Summer Leadership Institute
Navigating the Winds of Change
July 13 – 15, 2020 | Chicago, Illinois


February 24, 2020 – Proposal submission deadline

March 23, 2020 – Speakers notified

The 2020 NCE Summer Leadership Institute will bring together The Arc’s chapter leaders and other professionals in the disability community to work through the disability and nonprofit sector’s biggest challenges. Attendees will have opportunities to engage in substantive discussion and knowledge sharing, all while networking with professionals at the forefront of disability issues.

With over 600 chapters, The Arc is uniquely positioned to identify issues, seek and implement solutions, and raise awareness of the challenges facing people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) as they strive to realize their place as equal participants and valued citizens in all aspects of community life.

While systems vary across the country, today’s challenges faced by people with I/DD and their families are universal: future planning, community integration, education, housing, employment, self-determination, access to justice, advocacy, empowerment of self-advocates, health disparities, and solving the direct support professional (DSP) crisis, to name a few. Our chapters work diligently to address these challenges, approaching them as opportunities to effectively meet the needs of a diverse, ever-changing I/DD community.

Our goal is to find speakers that can help us create a meaningful and memorable occasion. Presentations should reflect the spirit of The Arc’s mission and provide attendees with tools and techniques to support accomplishing goals, with takeaways that can be utilized when attendees they return to their organizations. We look forward to seeing your submissions!


Thank you for your interest and your work to advance the rights of individuals with I/DD!


For questions about the proposal process, please contact Abby Owusu at or 202-617-3278.