From The NCE Chairs


This year’s Summer Leadership Institute is in historic, Charleston, South Carolina. Charleston has a history that evokes strong emotions.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

With these simple words, our work as advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) is brought into sharp focus. The theme of the 2019 Summer Leadership Institute is “Leading Through Times of Social and Civil Change.” The environment that we all are living and working in is demanding change, and we must be able to respond! The conversations that we have this summer will revolve not only around our ability to meet the needs of people with I/DD and their families in this changing landscape, but also how we can demonstrate that injustice to people with I/DD is a threat to justice everywhere.

How we advocate is changing. How we provide supports and services is changing. How we remove barriers to inclusion for all people with I/DD is changing. How we listen and learn from those we serve is changing.  The 2019 Summer Leadership Institute will set the stage for us to talk with our peers across the country about the challenges and promise of civil and human rights for all, seeking innovation, and preparing for the future within our organizations and within the work we do.

Join us in Charleston from July 22 to 24 for the 2019 Summer Leadership Institute. In addition to the sessions available at this year’s event, we have accommodated many opportunities for you to meet, greet, network, and build relationships with your peers that will last long after the Summer Leadership Institute ends. Our buddy program will help first time attendees make those initial connections and ensure everyone gets the most out of their experience.

Charleston is the perfect place to have this conversation, and we are happy that we can spend time in a place that has experienced the emotions that accompany the struggle for change. This is a city of stories and wherever you go, whatever you do, you’ll learn something you may not have known before.

Join us and lend your voice to the discussion!

Finally, a special thanks to our NCE Summer Leadership Institute Planning Committee and the support staff of The Arc of the United States for coordinating this quality program, historical venue, and excellent training opportunity!


Karen, Chris, and Kim


Karen Shoemaker, Chair, NCE Steering Committee Chris Stewart, First Vice Chair Kim Dodson, Second Vice Chair