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.  She founded NTOSAKE, a leadership training program for women within the Gamaliel network

Alfie Kohn writes and speaks widely on human behavior, education, and parenting. The author of fourteen books and hundreds of articles, he lectures at education conferences and universities as well as to parent groups and corporations. Kohn’s criticisms of competition and rewards have been widely discussed and debated, and he has been described in Time magazine as “perhaps the country’s most outspoken critic of education’s fixation on grades [and] test scores.”

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"

2:00pm - 4:00pm LIVE Session II

  • "Strategies for Including Children with Disabilities in the General Education Classroom" 

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" 

12:00pm - 1:00pm - Virtual Table Disucssions with DOJ for People with Disabilties and Families 

2:00pm - 3:00pm LIVE Session V

  • "CCC Plus and DD Waiver Medicaid Updates" 

5:30pm - 6:30pm LIVE Session VI

  • "Educational 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 Disucssions with DOJ for Providers

2:00pm - 3:00pm LIVE Session VIII

  • "Intersectionality, Disability and the Criminal Justice System"

5:30pm - 6:30pm LIVE Session IX

  • "Journey to Independence with Ben and Emma"

7:00pm - 8:30pm KEYNOTE - Alfie Kohn "Research and Behviorism, Compelling New Alternatives to Supporting Positive Self-Regulation"

Thursday, August 6th

10:00am - 11:00am LIVE Session X

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

2:00pm - 3:00pm LIVE Session XI

  • "Making Supported Decision Making a Reality"

5:30pm - 6:30pm LIVE Session XII

  • "Supporting Emotional Regulation through Floortime"

7:00pm - 8:30pm PLENARY - Department of Justice, The Arc of US "National Perspectives" 

Friday, August 7th

10:00am - 11:00am Virtual Table Disucssions of "Crimp Camp", Netflix Documentary 

12:00pm - 1:00pm Virtual Table Disucssions of "The Reason I jump", Documentary

2:00pm - 3:00pm LIVE Session XIII

  • "Technology is the New Everyday Life for Everyone" 



Session Topics & Times Subject to Change