The Arc of Illinois 71st Annual Convention will be presented in an online format! Join us April 21 - 22 virtually for 3 Keynote Presentations, 2 Plenary Sessions, and 24 Breakout Sessions. Due to the new format and scheduling, you have your choice of 3 breakout sessions at each time slot and as a registered participant, you will have access to hear all the sessions on a recording after the convention so you will not missa any presentations! We will have a dedicated site on our website for additional information, including our virtual Silent Auction, Art Exhibit and Exhibitor Hall - click here!
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
"It's Time to Learn to Live Again"
presented by John Dickerson
This year has been unlike anything we have ever experienced, and many of us are missing people we lost this year. Now is the time that we begin to move forward, not back to what was, but shaping what we want the world to be in the future. We have seen amazing things happen during this time, and from this we can shape a better world. John Dickerson has been working with people across the country and will be sharing in his session how we all start living again, and building that world that we envision, not yesterday but tomorrow.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
"Finding Success Through Struggle"
presented by Russell Lehmann
It is not one or the other, you can struggle and still be successful! In fact, your greatest accomplishments are waiting to be found within your struggles! In this presentation, Russell will share how he has found his success through his own struggles, and how you can, too! Empowering, motivating, inspiring!
Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
"Disability Justice is the Future of Neurodiversity Movement"
presented by Lydia X. Z. Brown
Disability Justice principles and practices offer radical and revolutionary ways of reimagining our relationships with ourselves, each other, and the communities where we live, work, and learn. During the global COVID-19 pandemic, Disability Justice offers urgent and vital interventions for addressing and ending the myriad harms of eugenics, the medical/carceral industrial complex, and capitalist oppression, all of which disproportionately harm autistic and other neurodivergent and disabled people. Disability Justice enables us to understand and examine interpersonal, systemic, structural, and institutional ableism and its impact on disabled people of color, queer and trans disabled people, and other disabled people at the margins of the margins. We have always been at the forefront of movements for justice and freedom, challenging assumptions about what is normal or healthy, demanding our right to exist as we are, building networks of care and solidarity for one another, and creating social and cultural transformations that enable us to experience rest and practice active love as co-teachers and co-learners.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
9:00 - 9:15 a.m.
WELCOME: Sherri Schneider, Board President, The Arc of Illinois
9:15 - 9:30 a.m.
The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP) is a statewide network in the country dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. As a collaboration of 11 organizations and 4 universities that together operate 20 centers across the state, TAP provides resources, services, education, and training that respond to the unique needs of different communities across Illinois.
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
KEYNOTE: "It's Time to Learn to Live Again" presented by John Dickerson
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 p.m.
PLENARY SESSION: Allison Stark, Director, Division of Developmental Disabilities, DHS
2:30 - 3:30 p.m
KEYNOTE: "Finding Success Through Struggle" presented by Russell Lehmann
Thursday, April 22, 2021
8:45 - 9:00 a.m.
WELCOME: Meg Cooch, Executive Director, The Arc of Illinois
9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
KEYNOTE: "Disability Justice is the Future of the Neorodiversity Movement" presented by Lydia X. Z. Brown
10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
PLENARY SESSION: Ronnie Cohn, Ligas Court Monitor
11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
PLENARY SESSION: Nicole Jorwic, Public Policy, The Arc of the United States
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