Keys to Unlocking a Future of Opportunity and Inclusion

The 15th Annual “VIRTUAL” Developmental Disabilities Public Policy Conference inspires, educates, and empowers attendees to become advocates for Californians with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The conference is presented by The Arc of California, Easterseals and United Cerebral Palsy.  Each year, the conference features nationally known speakers who have been trailblazers for promoting policies that improve the disability system, enabling people with IDD to live inclusively in their communities.  Attendees include governmental officials, and leaders within the IDD community, including self-advocates, family members, support professionals, and academies.  This year, every attendee who registers before the Early Bird ticket deadline of March 22, will receive a program and welcome box mailed to them in advance of the conference and is automatically entered into daily drawings for prizes. We hope each attendee will walk away with a deeper understanding of the current public policy reality for the disability system, and a renewed sense of empowerment to design a future together where every person has an opportunity to live their best life.

Early Bird Tickets On Sale NOW for $45!

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DATE:
April 26 to April 28, 2022

TIME:
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily

PLACE:
Zoom, Online

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We are Excited to Announce the Following Featured Speakers

Max Barrows

Max Barrows is Outreach Director for Green Mountain Self-Advocates, a position he has held since 2007. He mentors youth and adults with developmental disabilities to speak up for themselves and become leaders. Max connects with people on all levels advocating for true inclusion of people with developmental disabilities. Max is the Assistant Director of Technical Assistance and Outreach for the national Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center. In his work, he advances the message that when you meet an individual with a disability, presume competence. He received a White House Champions of Change award for this work in 2015.

Rebecca Cokley

Rebecca Cokley joined the Ford Foundation in January of 2021 as the first U.S. Disability Rights Program Officer. Prior to Ford Rebecca co-founded the Disability Justice Initiative at the Center for American Progress. A three time Appointee for President Obama, Rebecca served at the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the White House where she oversaw Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the first term. In 2020, she was the Richman Distinguished Fellow for Brandeis University. Rebecca has spoken at Netroots, Comic-Con, the Women’s March National Conference and is a regular guest on MSNBC.

Additional Speakers and topics will be announced in the comming weeks…

Additional Speakers and topics will be announced in the comming weeks…

Featured speakers Max Barrows and Rebecca Cokley headshots and bios

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, scholarships are available for people with developmental disabilities, their family members, and/or their direct support staff, allowing members of our community to attend the full conference by obtaining a ticket at a reduced price of $5.

To apply, please complete the application before April 5, 2022. 

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Featured speakers Max Barrows and Rebecca Cokley headshots and bios

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, scholarships are available for people with developmental disabilities, their family members, and/or their direct support staff, allowing members of our community to attend the full conference by obtaining a ticket at a reduced price of $5.

To apply, please complete the application before April 5, 2022. 

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TESTIMONIALS FROM PREVIOUS ATTENDEES

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Presented by

The Public Policy Conference is brought to you by three of the most prominent nonprofit organizations in California and nationally who are dedicated to protecting the rights of people with developmental disabilities and advancing inclusion in all aspects of our communities.   

The Arc Ca

The Arc of California promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

For more than 100 years, Easterseals has been leading the way to full equity, inclusion and access for people with disabilities, families and our communities, through life-changing disability and community services.

California affiliates of United Cerebral Palsy is a nationwide network of organizations providing support and services to children and adults with disabilities to live a “Life Without Limits”.

Thank you to the following
SPONSORS:

CHAMPION

  Heffernan Insurance Brokers

Pacific Homecare Services

ADVOCATE

The Arc of San Diego

At&T

SUPPORTER

Anthem

The Arc of Fresno

CalABLE

Family Resource Centers Network of California

PARTNER

The Arc of Ventura County

George Mark Children’s House

Home of Guiding Hands

Nonprofits United

Paratransit

Therap

FRIEND

Alpha Resource Center of Santa Barbara

The Arc of Riverside

FASD Network of Southern California

Tierra Del Sol

True Link Financial

BENEFACTOR

Pat and Tim  Hornbecker

Betsy and Julius Katz

BECOME A SPONSOR OR BENEFACTOR

Help support the 15th Annual Developmental Disabilities Public Policy Conference from April 26 to April 28, 2022 with a sponsorship contribution. Our ability to host this important event and to offer scholarships for members of the disability community depends on contributions by organizations and individuals like you.  Learn more about the variety of corporate and individual contribution options.

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CONTACT US

For questions about registration, accessibility, or scholarships
please contact Mariah Bickham at mariah@thearcca.org
916-913-7633