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Annual Conference

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! The 2018 NACDD Annual Conference will be July 9-12, 2018, at the Gaylord National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD (just outside of Washington, DC!). Please note that the 2018 Conference is from Monday to Thursday rather than Tuesday to Friday.

NACDD is excited to announce the 2018 Annual Conference theme:

See Me for Me: Connecting with Our Communities

The year’s conference will feature important discussions on how advocates, family members and professionals are interconnected in our communities. Participants will listen to experts, parents, siblings, and self-advocates on topics ranging from education, employment, community building and integration, healthcare and more.

We invite those with knowledge and expertise working in the field of developmental disabilities to submit ideas for presentations related to the theme: See Me for Me: Connecting with Our Communities.

Plenary topics at the NACDD 2018 Annual Conference will focus on how people with developmental disabilities are important and active members of our communities. Some speakers may discuss education projects and programs, employment for people with developmental disabilities, community integration and involvement, and self-advocacy.

NACDD encourages your concurrent session submission to fit within the framework of 1 or 2 of these topical areas. Successful submissions should include sessions that highlight best or promising practices; lessons from implementation of federal laws into state policy; and successful strategies, tops and tools for self-advocates.

We are interested in receiving proposals that feature leadership strategies and skill building, self- advocates taking action on issues of importance, and sessions that provide in-depth information and knowledge about specific topics.

If you have a proposal/project/presentation that supports the conference theme, please complete this form and send it to Robin Troutman via email, rtroutman@nacdd.org by February 8, 2018.