Leading Through Times of Social and Civil Change
July 22-24, 2019 | Charleston, South Carolina


February 22, 2019 – Proposal submission deadline – NEW  DEADLINE! March 1, 2019!!!

On or before March 22, 2019 – Final decisions made and speakers notified

The 2019 NCE Summer Leadership Institute is not simply an event; The Arc’s National Conference of Executives aim is to create an experience that inspires and empowers attendees. 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 and are able to be utilized when they return to their organizations. Presenters should be eager to actively engage with our network leading up to, during, and after the event.


The 2019 NCE Summer Leadership Institute

The 2019 NCE Summer Leadership Institute brings together The Arc’s chapter leaders to work through the disability and nonprofit sector’s biggest challenges and engage in substantive discussion and knowledge sharing while networking with leaders at the forefront of disability issues.

With over 630 chapters of The Arc in the United States, we are uniquely positioned to identify issues, seek and implement solutions, and raise awareness of the challenges facing people with 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 DSP crisis, to name a few.  The Arc has long stood at the forefront of advocacy for the human rights of people with I/DD.

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. Questions we’d like to explore in Charleston include:

These are just some of the questions we seek to explore this July at the 2019 Summer Leadership Institute in Charleston, SC.

We invite proposals for breakout sessions of either 45 minutes, 60 minutes, 75 minutes or 90 minutes from community leaders, researchers, professional providers, and policy advocates addressing one (or more) of the following themes:


Theme 1:  Program Innovations

New developments and best practices in supports and services to people with I/DD.

Topic Areas Include: Education; Employment; Health, Wellness, Recreation & Related Issues; Housing; Community Integration; Access to Justice; Technology; Behavior Supports & Mental Health; Transportation; Art & Culture; Transition, Future Planning, and Autonomy, Decision-Making Supports, and Guardianship

Theme 2:  Personal, Professional and Organizational Development

New developments and best practices in staff skill building and building strong organizational systems for success.

Topic Areas Include: Fundraising/Development; Governance; Chapter Membership; Organizational Development; Diversity and Cross-Cultural Competence; Internal Communications; Social Media; Training and Leadership Development; Growing our Movement of Advocates

Theme 3:  Public Policy

Federal and state policies affecting people with I/DD including but not limited to:

Topic Areas Include: Proposed reforms to the Lifeline programs; Progress in implementation of the HCBS Final Rule; Managed Care for Long Term Services and Supports; ABLE Accounts; Successful CMS/WIOA transitions; and the Impact of “disability vote” on the Presidential Election

Theme 4:  Grassroots Advocacy / Self Advocacy

Effective strategies for engaging the I/DD community and the public in holding local, state and federal governments accountable; examples can be in:

Topic Areas Include: Mobilizing Communities and Individuals; Conducting Outreach to Diverse Communities; Effectively Engaging Self-Advocates; Developing Self-Advocate Leaders; Self-Determination






Proposals will be reviewed by the members of the NCE Program Review Team (which includes members of The Arc’s National Staff and chapter leaders) and selected based on the following guidelines:


Proposal submission deadline is Friday, February 22, 2019  MARCH 1, 2019. All proposals will be rated, ranked and selected by the review team.

Speakers will be notified via email of final decisions on or before March 22, 2019.



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 Dawn Cooper at or 202-600-3487.