ROOTED IN ADVOCACY

BENTON CONVENTION CENTER | WINSTON-SALEM, NC

MARCH 13, 2020

Join us at the Rooted in Advocacy Conference in 2020.

Real advocacy can happen when people from all walks of life come together to learn, engage, and then act on important issues facing the disability community. The Arc of North Carolina’s Rooted in Advocacy annual conference is the source for the I/DD community at all levels in North and South Carolina. Through large and small group sessions, keynote speakers, and networking events, your attendance at the conference will strengthen ties between the professional community, direct support staff, chapters, families, and self-advocates and will ultimately build stronger, more inclusive communities.

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Keynote & Breakout Sessions with Industry Leaders

Each year, The Arc of North Carolina engages people from all over the state for a day of professional and personal development.  We host teachers, parents/caregivers of a person with a disability, first responders, social workers, attorneys/GALs, members of our vast chapter network, self-advocates, and our own staff members for a fully inclusive conference. 

Meet the Right People

You’ll learn new information about The Arc of North Carolina and the issues that are so important to us, make new personal or professional connections, and leave feeling ready to take your role to the next level.

Learn and Have Fun

Self-advocates will have a full day of content that they told us represents the issues most important to them this year. Breakout sessions are focused on independence and inclusion in the community, and their event will end with a closing reception and dance that night. 

Meet our Keynote Speakers.

Nicole & Christopher Jorwic
Nicole & Christopher Jorwic

 

Christopher Jorwic is 30 and has autism. Chris has presented all over the country about his lobbying experience at the state level alongside his sister, Nicole. Chris also discusses his experiences using augmentative communication to get those in state and local governments to see beyond his autism diagnosis and inability to use his voice to speak. Chris has seen the importance of being at the table when important decisions are being made and the consequences of decisions being made without people with disabilities present.

Nicole Jorwic is the Senior Director of Public Policy  at The Arc of the United States. Prior to joining The Arc policy team, Nicole served as Senior Policy Advisor for the state of Illinois. Prior to that appointment, Nicole served as the CEO/President of the Institute on Public Policy for People with Disabilities, where she continued the Institute’s mission to improve the lives of people with disabilities and assisted the leadership of the state of Illinois in developing public policy driven best practices in serving individuals with disabilities.

Nicole is also an accomplished special education attorney and an advocate for students with disabilities, with a focus on transition-aged youth. Nicole received her JD and Child and Family Law Certificate from Loyola University Chicago. She received her BS from the University of Illinois.  Nicole is also the proud sister of Chris.

Request for Speakers

ALL PROPOSALS MUST BE SUBMITTED NO LATER THAN 5:00 P.M. ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2019.

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We are looking for engaging presenters and content for both our professional conference sessions as well as for our self-advocate sessions. Attendees for the professional track will be all who interact with or engage with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in their work (including educators or school system personnel, attorneys, Guardian ad Litems, direct support professionals, as well as our chapter staff) across the state. Family members are also welcome and encouraged to attend these sessions. Our self-advocate sessions will be made up of adults who have an intellectual or developmental disability diagnosis. We welcome presentation proposals for both groups.

 

Registration Options

Self-Advocate
$150

After January 19, 2020, the rate will increase to $175.
  • Reach out to your local chapter to recieve a code for $25 off
  • Continental breakfast on Friday
  • Full lunch on Friday
  • Friday night closing reception (dinner and dance, hosted by self-advocates)
  • Access to expert speakers
  • Networking opportunities
  • Attendee bag with promotional items (including conference t-shirt)
  • Pass to exhibitor floor
  • Sensory-friendly room
General
$150

After January 19, 2020, the rate will increase to $175.
  • Continental breakfast on Friday
  • Full lunch on Friday
  • Access to expert speakers
  • Networking opportunities
  • Attendee bag with promotional items
  • Pass to exhibitor floor
  • Sensory-friendly room
Sessions-only
$50
  • Access to expert speakers
  • Networking opportunities
  • Attendee bag with promotional items
  • Pass to exhibitor floor
  • Sensory-friendly room
  • Meals not included
Direct Support Staff / Attendant
No Cost
  • Access to expert speakers
  • Networking opportunities
  • Pass to exhibitor floor
  • Sensory-friendly room
  • Meals not included

Pre-Conference Event

FASD Training
$50
  • Thursday, March 12th (9:00 am -4:30 pm)
  • Experts in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders will be on hand to bring the latest information, resources, and tools to the attendees.
  • Lunch included
  • Attendees will be able to receive professional development credit through Northwest AHEC.
The Rooted in Advocacy pre-conference event will put a spotlight on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs). FASDs refer to a range of effects that can occur when a developing embryo is prenatally exposed to alcohol.

FASDs can include physical, cognitive, behavioral, and/or learning disabilities with possible lifelong implications.  They can affect each person in different ways and range from mild to severe. FASDs are the one developmental disability that is 100% preventable.

State and national experts will share the latest prevalence research, how to expand diagnostic capacity in North Carolina, strategies for supporting individuals with an FASD, the importance of preventing alcohol-exposed pregnancies, and removing the stigma surrounding this diagnosis. 

Presenters sharing their expertise include Dr. Dan Dubovsky, Dylan Ellerbee, Dr. Phillip A. May, Kathleen Tavenner Mitchell, and Dr. Yasmin Senturias.  

Register for both the FASD Training (pre-conference event) and Rooted in Advocacy Conference by January 19, 2020 for only $200, a $25 savings!

Sponsors & Partners

Thank you for helping make this event possible.

Gold Sponsors

Tech Associates
Cardinal
NCCDD

Silver and Bronze Sponsors

Cleggs
NCDSA
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