The Arc National Convention

October 3-5, 2015
Indianapolis, IN

Webinar: First Steps in Future Planning

First Steps in Future Planning: Expressing Future Wishes and Financial Planning

Time: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM EST

Hye Kyong Jeong, The Arc of King County
Andrew Hook, Special Needs Alliance

Where do we start? That’s often a question adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families ask after they have recognized the importance of future planning.  Expressing future wishes and financial planning are first steps in creating a plan for the future that will allow for a person with I/DD to live as independently as possible.

During this webinar, you will hear about a chapter of The Arc that is doing excellent work in helping families plan for the future. Learn about the important elements that families may want to include as they document future wishes. An attorney experienced in special needs planning will provide an overview of financial planning and discuss the importance of establishing a special needs trust.

Reserve your seat now for this webinar.

Conference: The Arc’s 2014 National Convention

Date: September 30 – October 2, 2014


New Orleans Marriott
555 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Make plans now to join us for The Arc’s 2014 National Convention in beautiful New Orleans, LA. We’re expecting more than 600 people from across The Arc’s chapter and member network to come together to learn, improve and lead the movement for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) into the future.

This event is designed to strengthen our grassroots network by providing valuable information, resources and motivation to help us continue to meet our mission. We have packed a year’s worth of professional development for our chapter leaders and staff into just three days, making this an incredible opportunity for those on the front lines providing service and advocacy for people with I/DD to share best practices, discover new ideas and be inspired by others who share your passion. Plus, you’ll have a chance to network with other chapters to create relationships you can rely on when you need help in the future.

For our members, individuals with I/DD and their families, this is your chance to connect with the core of The Arc’s network.

To learn more about the conference, visit the website.

Conference: 2014 Family Network on Disabilities Conference

Date:  September 19 –  September 20, 2014


Woodland Community Church
9607 State Road 70 East
Bradenton, FL 34202

Sadly, bullying is still a very real problem among today’s youth. According to the Stop Bullying Now Foundation, one out of four students will be abused by another youth. National studies report children with disabilities are two to three times more likely to be bullied than their nondisabled peers. One study shows that 60 percent of students with disabilities report being bullied regularly, compared with 25 percent of all students. The 2014 Family Network On Disabilities Conference, titled Stand-up to Bullying, will tackle this important issue while providing strategies designed to stop bullying in its tracks! Our very own Amy Goodman will serve as one of the guest speakers.

For more information about this conference, please view the flyer: 

Autism NOW Webinar: Are You Protected? Facing Discrimination on the Job

Are You Protected? Facing Discrimination on the Job

Time: Friday, August 22, 2014, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM EST

Nancy Breiden, Director of the Vermont Disability Law Project
Jeff Ridgeway
Max Barrows, Green Mountain Self-Advocates
Nicole LeBlanc, Green Mountain Self-Advocates

Join us on August 22nd for a webinar about job discrimination. This is an excellent opportunity to find out:
  • how to recognize and respond to discrimination in the workplace
  • disability disclosure: how to do it and why it is important
  • what your rights are as a person with a disability when dealing with discrimination

This presentation will feature legal advice from Disability Rights Vermont. Get useful information first-hand from self-advocates on steps you can take when facing discrimination in the workplace.

Reserve your seat now for this webinar.

Autism NOW Webinar: Health Care Decision-Making

Health Care Decision-Making

The registration for this webinar is closed, and it is now only available on-demand.

Time: Tuesday July 29, 2014, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM EST

Samantha Crane, Director of Public Policy
Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Too often, people with I/DD are denied health care or forced into guardianship arrangements as a result of their need for decision-making support in health care contexts. Some doctors may not respect decisions that people with I/DD make for themselves based on the assumption that people with I/DD cannot provide “informed consent” to medical treatments ranging from medication to surgery. Other doctors may not want discuss health care with the people who support individuals with I/DD.

This webinar will discuss strategies to provide people with intellectual and developmental disabilities with the support they need in order to make their own health care decisions. These strategies may include informal support arrangements, health care proxies or health care powers of attorney, and promoting legal recognition of supported health care decision-making agreements. This webinar will also cover ASAN’s model legislation on supported health care decision-making agreements, developed in collaboration with Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, and how this legislation can help promote autonomy for people with I/DD in health care contexts.

Webinar Recording and Presentation Slides

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The Autism Society 45th National Conference and Exposition

The Autism Society 45th National Conference and Exposition
Date: July 23–26, 2014
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

The Autism Society is delighted to announce Temple Grandin as the Autism Society Keynote Speaker. Dr. Temple Grandin is inarguably the most well renowned individual with autism in the world today. Come journey with the Autism Society to the Midwest and explore a friendly, inviting and vibrant city that has it all.  The $275 million expansion has made the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium (location of the 2012 Super Bowl) one of the largest convention centers in America. This contemporary convention center is connected by skywalks to both conference hotels and a four-story shopping mall. The convention center is also surrounded by 200+ restaurants and clubs, well-known sports venues, and a 10-block state park featuring museums, beautiful green space and a canal walk. Sports Illustrated’s  Peter King called Indianapolis “the most walkable downtown in America.”

To register for this conference, visit the website.

Autism NOW Webinar: Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Overview in Spanish

Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Overview in Spanish

The registration for this webinar is closed, and it is now only available on-demand.

Time: Saturday, June 21, 2014, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM EST
Speakers: Yuliana Diaz, The Autism Society of America and Marisol Ramos, Vision for Equality

It is estimated that 1 in 68 children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Research shows that Hispanic children are often diagnosed later than the national average. With prevalence rates on the rise, it is important that families of underserved communities have access to quality information and resources.

The Autism NOW Center and the Autism Society of America have partnered to offer a free resource to Spanish-speaking families.  Join us for this webinar, which will be offered entirely in Spanish, to learn more about autism spectrum disorders. Presenters will provide an overview of ASD; discuss steps involved in screening and diagnosis; address existing barriers for Latino families; and help connect families to resources in their community.  Register for this webinar today!

Space is limited.

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Autismo: Una visión general en español

Hora: Sábado, 21 de Junio 2014, 1:00-2:00pm EST
Yuliana Diaz, el Autism Society y Marisol Ramos, Vision for Equality

Se estima que 1 de cada 68 niños tiene un trastorno del espectro autista (TEA). Las investigaciones muestran que los niños hispanos se les diagnostica a menudo más tarde del promedio nacional. Con las tasas de prevalencia en aumento, es importante que las familias de las comunidades insuficientemente atendidas tengan acceso a información de calidad y recursos.

El Autism Now Center y el Autism Society se han asociado para ofrecer un recurso gratuito para las familias de habla hispana. Únete a nosotros en este seminario, que será ofrecido completamente en español, para aprender más acerca de los trastornos del espectro autista. Los presentadores proporcionar una visión general de la CIA; discutir los pasos involucrados en la detección y el diagnóstico; abordar las barreras existentes para las familias latinas; y ayudar a conectar a las familias a los recursos disponibles en su comunidad. Registrate en este seminario web hoy mismo!

El espacio es limitado.

Trastorno del espectro autista

Autism NOW Webinar: Removing Access Barriers for Autistic College Students – Peer Mentor Model

Removing Access Barriers for Autistic College Students – Peer Mentor Model

The registration for this webinar is closed, and it is now only available on-demand.

Time: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM EST

Sara Gardner, Program Manager
Autism Spectrum Navigators at Bellevue College

There are barriers – both physical and attitudinal – that deny access to autistic college students on today’s college campuses. In this webinar, the presenter will share discoveries learned while working with autistic students in regards to how peer mentoring and other supports are effective in helping to diminish and remove these barriers. Participants will also have concrete ideas, both large and small, that they can implement in their programs, for themselves and/or for their students that will remove barriers to access and begin to affect change in outcomes for autistic students.

Additionally, the presenter will share how the Autism Spectrum Navigators’ program areas of focus – Executive Functioning, Social Interaction, Self-Advocacy and Self-Regulation – serve as a foundation for all aspects of the program, and how these focus areas support the removal of barriers for this population. Strategies for implementing a comprehensive program that is accessible to students with different economic backgrounds and varied academic capabilities will also be examined.

Webinar Recording and Presentation Slides

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Join the Twitter Chat!

To keep the important conversation about autism spectrum disorders going, please join us and the CDC for a Twitter Chat on the public health approach to autism being hosted by NCBDDD Director, Dr. Coleen Boyle (@DrBoyleCDC), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (@AmerAcadPeds).  Join these leaders and other partners in a follow-up discussion on the important topics being covered through Grand Rounds: autism research, surveillance, and early identification and screening. The chat will take place on Thursday, April 24, 1:00-2:00 pm EST. Participate using hashtag #AutismPHGR.  Please join us!