CONVENTION FEATURES:

  • DAILY Keynote or Plenary Sessions 

  • DAILY Live Sessions  

  • ON DEMAND Sessions for Anytime Viewing 

  • Interactive Virtual Table Discussions

  • Film Screenings

    • "Crip Camp"

    • "The Reason I Jump" 

Keynote Speakers

Mary Gonzales has been a professional community organizer for the past 35 years.  She retired in 2012 but continues to provide her time and talent to support and mentor organizers in the Gamaliel network.  Ms. Gonzales co-founded Gamaliel, an international network of community organizations in the United States, South Africa and Great Britain.  She served as one of Gamaliel’s primary trainers and founded NTOSAKE, a leadership training program for women within the Gamaliel network

Alfie Kohn is the author of 14 books on education, parenting, and human behavior, including PUNISHED BY REWARDS (1993/2018), THE SCHOOLS OUR CHILDREN DESERVE (1999), UNCONDITIONAL PARENTING (2005), and THE MYTH OF THE SPOILED CHILD (2014).  He has appeared twice on “Oprah” as well as on many other TV and radio programs. His hundreds of articles -- published in periodicals such as the New York Times, The Atlantic, Parents, and the Review of Educational Research -- include: “Five Reasons to Stop Saying ‘Good Job!’”, “It's Not About Behavior," and “Why Self-Discipline is Overrated.” Kohn works with educators, parents, and therapists across the U.S. and abroad, and he speaks regularly at national conferences. Kohn lives (actually) in the Boston area and (virtually) at www.alfiekohn.org.

Schedule At A Glance

Monday, August 3rd

9:00am Unbox your Attendee Package At Home!  

10:00am - 11:00am LIVE Session I

  • "New Path, Early Intervention & Beyond"

12:00pm - 1:00pm - Virtual Table Discussions with DOJ for People with Disabilities and Families 

2:00pm - 4:00pm LIVE Session II

  • "Learn to Advocate for Inclusive Schools and Inclusive Practice in Your Schools and Your Community"

5:30pm - 6:30pm LIVE Session III

  • "What Everyone Needs to Know About Housing"

7:00pm - 8:30pm OPENING KEYNOTE - Mary Gonzales "Advocacy for Change"

Tuesday, August 4th 

10:00am - 11:00am LIVE Session IV

  • "Journey to New Restraint & Seclusion Regulations" 

2:00pm - 3:00pm LIVE Session V

  • "CCC Plus and DD Waiver Medicaid Updates" 

5:30pm - 6:30pm LIVE Session VI

  • "Impact of COVID19 on Students with Disabilities"

7:00pm - 8:30pm STATE PANEL PLENARY - "Virginia, COVID19 & Beyond, Impacts on Budget and Services"

Wednesday, August 5th

10:00am - 11:00am LIVE Session VII

  • "Communication Rights & ADA"

12:00pm - 1:00pm - Virtual Table Discussions with DOJ for Providers

2:00pm - 3:00pm LIVE Session VIII

  • "Journey to Independence with Ben and Emma"

6:00pm - 7:30pm LIVE Session IX

  • "Intersectionality, Disability and the Criminal Justice System"

7:00pm - 8:30pm KEYNOTE - Alfie Kohn - Punished By Rewards:  Moving from "Doing To", to "Working With"

Thursday, August 6th

10:00am - 11:00am LIVE Session X

  • "How YOU Can Help Us to Have A Life Like Yours" 

12:00pm - 1:00pm LIVE SESSION XI

  • "Virginia's Compliance with the DOJ Settlement Agreement"

2:00pm - 3:00pm LIVE Session XII

  • "Supported Decision Making - With or Without a Guardian Part 1"

3:30pm - 5:00pm PLENARY - Department of Justice, The Arc of US "National Perspectives"

 

7:00pm - 8:30pm LIVE Session XIII

  • "Supporting Emotional Regulation through Floortime"

Friday, August 7th

10:00am - 11:00am Virtual Table Discussions of "Crip Camp", Netflix Documentary 

12:00pm - 1:00pm LIVE Session XIV

  • "Finding Our Voices in Video"

2:00pm - 3:00pm LIVE Session XX

  • "Supported Decision Making, Part 2" 

7:00pm - 8:30pm - DANCE PARTY, CELEBRATING 65 YEARS STRONG!  

 

DOOR PRIZES ALL WEEK !!!! 

Session Topics & Times Subject to Change