The Arc of Virginia

2017 State Convention


The Arc of Virginia

2017 State Convention


The Arc of Virginia

2017 State Convention

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The 2020 State Convention's theme "Our Time Has Come" 

Focus Areas include:

Advocacy in Action

  • WATCH Crip Camp leading up to Convention and join us for conversations around activism and action to create change

  • Keynote Speaker Mary Gonzales will motivate and inspire us all to use our voices for ACTION!!

  • Join Kyle Smiddie with DOJ for an interactive Virtual Table Discussion about the issues you are facing in your life

  • Listen and engage with State & National Leaders on the current Advocacy issues   

Focusing the Movement on Self-Advocacy

  • Hear from the people who should be the center of the movement....People with Developmental Disabilities...Presenting sessions on how the system responds to their need for services and supports.

  • Attend and particpate in Facilitated Discussions led by people with disabilities

  • Learn about the newly formed Statewide A Life Like Yours Self-Advocacy Alliance and learn how you can build momentum in your local community

Innovative Ideas

  • WATCH The Reason I Jump, to learn about independence for ALL

  • Participate in the Virtual Table Discussion about innovations for communication supports

  • Hear Alfie Kohn examine and challenge the evidence related to Behaviorism


  • You will find Tech Goodies in your Attendee Box to help you through all the changes in our world as education, work and home life involve technology.


Registration includes: 

  • Access to expert speakers with Daily LIVE Sessions

  • Free Access to "The Reason I Jump" 

  • Access to Video Library

  • Access to Interactive Sessions, including FREE Screening for "The Reason I Jump" and Virtual Table Discussions

  • Information from the Vendor Marketplace

  • Attendee swag box (for the first 500 Attendees)

How Virtual Convention Will Work

The 2020 State Convention's At Home Edition will work similar to an in person event with some added benefits that a Virtual event brings. 

Virtual Convention Featuring: 
  • 2 Documentary Screenings

  • LIVE Sessions Daily with Q&A

  • Virtual Table Discussions

  • A Library of Pre-Recorded Sessions

  • Access to all Live Sessions, available ON DEMAND for 2 Weeks After Convention


Steps for Participating: 
  • Register for Convention

  • Watch "Crip Camp" Documentary

  • Watch "The Reason I Jump" Documentary

  • Join Any Live Session Daily

  • Join Live Virtual Table Discussions

  • Tune In Each Night for Plenary Sessions

  • Watch Sessions you were't able to make live, ON DEMAND for up to 2 weeks after Convention

  • View A Library of Pre-Recorded Sessions for up to 2 weeks after Convention