From The NCE Chairs


This year’s Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) is in historic, Philadelphia, PA. As the birthplace of the United States, Philadelphia exudes a quiet confidence in the role it has played in U.S. history.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” [excerpt, The Declaration of Independence, 1776]

With these simple words, our work as advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is brought into sharp focus. The theme of the 2018 Summer Leadership Institute is “Revolution, Innovation and Leadership, Practical Tips for Guiding Your Agency.” The environment that we all are living and working in is demanding change, a revolution! The conversations that we have this summer will revolve around our ability to meet the needs of people with I/DD and their families in this changing landscape.

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.  SLI 2018 will set the stage for us to talk with our peers across the country on the challenges and promise of leading a revolution, seeking innovation, and preparing for the future within our organizations and within the work we do.

Join us in Philadelphia, PA July 23-25, 2018 for 2018 Summer Leadership Institute. In addition to the 28 sessions available at this year’s SLI, we have incorporated over 20 hours of opportunities for you to meet, greet, network and build relationships with your peers that will last long after SLI ends. Our SLI buddy program will help first time attendees make those initial connections and ensure everyone gets the most out of their SLI experience.

Philadelphia is the perfect place to have this conversation and we are happy that we can spend time in a place that knows something about revolution.  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 SLI Planning Committee and the support staff of The Arc of the United States for coordinating this quality program, historical venue and excellent training opportunity!


Carrie, Karen and Chris


Carrie Hobbs Guiden, Chair, NCE Steering Committee Karen Shoemaker, First Vice Chair Chris Stewart, Second Vice Chair