All That’s Waiting for You in Nashville!

Our National Convention isn’t just about breakout sessions – we have opportunities for you to network and forge connections with other attendees both in sessions and during our other events!

Our Annual Self-Advocacy Symposium is focusing on accessible transportation this year! This symposium includes an interactive forum for self-advocates to discuss and share their own experiences and solutions. The symposium will close with creating action plans detailing steps to address transportation challenges in local communities.

In the evening, join us for our Music City Mixer and socialize with your friends and colleagues while indulging in classic southern appetizers and drinks, live entertainment, and a few surprises as you take in the iconic views of Downtown Nashville! After, you can step out onto Broadway to continue your evening at one of Nashville’s iconic live music venues! Register today: tickets are limited!

And…don’t forget to register for Professional Development Seminar!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Join Dr. Arie Nettles and Dr. Donna Ford from Vanderbilt University as they discuss the importance of being a culturally responsive workplace and the impact it can have on our constituents. They will lead group discussion on racial disparities in services for people with I/DD, personal introspection on biases, and the impact on racial biases behavior. Come and network with other organizations as you continue your professional development.

In addition to the NCE Professional Development Seminar, NCE is bringing additional opportunities for you to bond and engage with your fellow chapter leaders, including a chapter leader reception and more:

NCE Awards Luncheon

The NCE Distinguished Professional Achievement Awards recognizes leaders across The Arc nationwide who demonstrate the skills, dedication and passion that has come to exemplify an executive at The Arc. The NCE Awards Luncheon celebrates those leaders who strive for excellence, put our clients first, and deliver great results. Join us to celebrate your colleagues and revel in the accomplishments of all of us who make The Arc great! The NCE Awards and Professional Development Seminar can be registered for when you complete your Convention registration. If you’ve already registered for Convention and would like to add on either event, please contact Robin Powers at

NCE Silent Auction

Do you have a great item you’d like to donate to the NCE Silent Auction? The donation portal is now openSupport NCE by donating an item TODAY! The NCE Silent Auction supports ongoing professional development for chapter leaders. Contact Abby Owusu at to donate or visit our 2018 Silent Auction Welcome Center.

NCE Music Jam

As we will be in the music capital of the country, we must take this opportunity to Jam! If you are coming to Nashville, don’t forget to bring your favorite musical instrument and join the NCE Music Jam on Thursday, Nov. 8th, 4:00 – 5:00 PM in the NCE Auction room! We’ll be playing favorites from Darius Rucker (Wagon Wheel) to Peter Seeger (This Land is Your Land). Bring your talent and your enthusiasm! Contact Tim ‘Harmonica’ Hornbecker at and he will send you the music and words to play and sing along. When in Nashville, you jam!

Announcement: Gaylord Golfers Anonymous will be having a meeting Saturday afternoon, November 10, 1:30 PM at the famous Gaylord Springs Golf Links, on the banks of the meandering Cumberland River, 5 minutes from the Gaylord Opryland Resort. Join some of your NCE and convention attendees and feed your addiction with a rousing round of golf The Scottish links-style course is one of the best in Tennessee with rental clubs available. You get to play with Tim ‘Hacker’ Hornbecker as he leaves the NCE Steering Committee and The Arc’s National Board of Directors for his official retirement!

These activities and events help The Arc and it’s chapter network maintain a strong and cohesive bond while providing resources and tools to continue to build strong, inclusive, and productive chapters. We hope you’ll join us at Convention – and our NCE events – in November! Register today!