November 2023


ALDAcon 2023

(5 days) Sheraton Austin Hotel701 E 11th StAustinTX78701

ALDAcon is the annual convention of the Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA). ALDAcon usually begins with a Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening and ends with a Farewell Brunch on Sunday morning. In between that time, members are invited to attend various presentations and workshops, the exhibits hall, the ALDA business meeting, the I King Jordan Awards Banquet and the famous Karaoke Party, where everyone lets their hair down and pretends they have a "golden voice."

ALDAcon provides an opportunity to learn about issues late-deafened individuals face, and the strategies that they have developed to overcome everyday challenges.  ALDAcon is a place to make new friends, renew old friendships, to learn and share, and to simply have fun!

ALDAcon provides a stress-free environment where all workshops, luncheons, and special events are made accessible by the simultaneous presence of sign language interpreters and CART writers. Assistive listening devices (ALDs) are available upon request. ALDA welcomes everyone of all hearing levels and ALDAcon's spirit of inclusiveness is demonstrated every year.

AUCD 2023 Conference

(4 days) Weston Washington, DC Downtown Hotel999 Ninth Street NWWashingtonDC20001

AUCD Network members, organizational partners, experts from across the disability field, individuals with disabilities, family members, students, and trainees are all welcomed to learn and grow together during this year's AUCD 2023 Conference. Whether you're a newcomer to the field or a seasoned professional, the AUCD Conference provides countless opportunities to share with and learn from colleagues and peers. This premiere event features four engaging large group plenaries from high-level leaders, more than 220 concurrent and poster presentations covering a broad spectrum of disability topics, as well as innovative research, programming, and advocacy efforts.

The theme of this year’s event, Emerging Leaders: Shaping the Future, reflects the thousands of Emerging Leaders that are welcomed to the AUCD Network each year. Located in every U.S. state and territory, they share a passion to serve, research, and educate to make positive changes with and for people with disabilities and their families. Emerging Leaders are vital to the growth of the AUCD Network and to the success of their mission: to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Emerging Leaders represent the next generation of innovative clinicians, service providers, trainers, advocates, family members, and academic professionals. The AUCD 2023 Conference recognizes that Emerging Leaders continue to propel the Network forward, building on a proud legacy of inclusion, striving for equity, and positively shaping the future.

The Arc's National Convention

(4 days) Hilton New Orleans RiversideTwo Poydras StreetNew OrleansLA70130

The Arc’s National Convention is an unmatched opportunity to connect and learn with advocates, professionals, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families. If you are interested in employment, education, advocacy, housing, criminal justice, and more – this conventions sessions are sure to challenge, inspire, and motivate!

Accessing Higher Ground Conference

(5 days) Hilton Denver City Center1701 California StDenverCO80202

Accessing Higher Ground focuses on the implementation and benefits of:

  • Accessible media, Universal Design and Assistive Technology in the university, business and public setting;
  • Legal and policy issues, including ADA and 508 compliance;
  • The creation of accessible media and information resources, including Web pages and library resources.

Employment First Has Reached Adulthood: Now What?

(2 days)

It has been 21 years since the term Employment First was first used. Now that Employment First is fully an adult, it’s a good time to take a look at the history of the Employment First movement, its impact to date, and where we go from here. Among topics discussed will be ensuring that Employment First is more than just a policy, and how it should be reflected in the day-to-day actions of direct service staff, administrators, and most importantly in the lives of people with disabilities. This webinar will also discuss what it means to truly be an Employment First organization. The session will also feature a discussion of the role of Employment First in advancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and the changes needed as Employment First evolves to ensure it is fully reflective of EDI.

Intro to Assistive Technology: An Overview of Low- to High-Tech Tools

This workshop will explore assistive technology (AT), a broad classification of tools that support the needs of people with disabilities. It will teach about the different categories of AT, look at a variety of examples, and consider how to go about choosing which tools to use. It will also talk about the various services offered by the Simon Technology Center, such as the lending library, technology consultations, and other ways to assist individuals and groups of all ages.

From Deployment to Employment: Hiring + Supporting Veterans with Disabilities

Veterans are an attractive talent pool, offering desirable traits and skills gained from their military service. However, over 40% of post-9/11 veterans have a disability and many employers struggle to retain these service men and women. DiversityInc’s Founder will lead a discussion on how businesses can create a welcoming and supportive environment where veterans with disabilities can thrive.

Registration is open to the public, so please share this event with your colleagues from relevant teams including Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Human Resources, Talent Acquisition, Governance, Compliance, Social Responsibility, Philanthropy, and ERG/BRGs, among others.

Captions and ASL Sign Language Interpreter will be provided.

The ASHA Convention

(3 days) Boston Convention and Exhibition Center415 Summer StreetBostonMA

The ASHA Convention is the most comprehensive education event in the world for speech, language, and hearing professionals. The event provides attendees with a once-a-year opportunity to learn about the latest research, expand clinical skills and techniques, find new products and resources, and network with colleagues while earning continuing education credit.

Meaningful & Defensible IEPs

Join the Council for Exceptional Children for the second webinar in their new quarterly webinar - Meaningful & Defensible IEPs with Dr. Mitchell Yell!

Each quarter, this webinar delivers exactly what special educators need to know to consistently develop educationally meaningful and legally defensible IEPs. When legal challenges arise regarding the provision of FAPE to a student with a disability, the appropriateness of the student's IEP becomes the primary focus. In fact, the U.S. Supreme Court has referred to the IEP as the "centerpiece" for ensuring that a free appropriate public education (FAPE) is provided to all students with disabilities. In reviewing an IEP, courts and due process hearing officers apply a two-pronged legal test that examines both the procedural and substantive aspects of IEP development. In this interactive webinar, we will explore the essential considerations for the process of IEP development and essential content considerations for IEPs and address questions you may have about the process.

2023 Annual International Conference on ADHD

(3 days) Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor401 West Pratt StreetBaltimoreMD21201

ACO, ADDA, and CHADD—the leaders in ADHD support for individuals and families—welcome the ADHD community to the 2023 Annual International Conference on ADHD. These organizations collaborate to bring together the best minds in current research and treatment options and professionals offering best practice guidelines for their fields. #ADHD2023 will offer dynamic sessions and events featuring practical support and guidance for adults and families.

This year, they are focusing on what it means to Connect, Learn, and Thrive. It is through the connections we make along with the new skills and approaches we learn from one another that our ADHD community can thrive. At #ADHD2023, we will Connect.Learn.Thrive by gathering as adults and partners, parents of children in all stages of life, clinicians of all kinds, coaches, organizers, educators, and advocates, to inspire one another and enhance all our lives.

This conference will feed not only your mind but also your soul as you meet other like-minded individuals. Some of the most well-known speakers and authors will be welcomed to share their wisdom and research. You will also benefit from conversations with fellow attendees sitting next to you in sessions, during the coffee breaks, and wandering the exhibit hall.

The in-person conference will take place in Baltimore from November 30 - December 2, with a virtual conference option from December 5-6.

2023 TASH Conference

(3 days) Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor300 Light StreetBaltimoreMD21202

TASH Conference brings together self-advocates, family members, educators, professionals, researchers, service providers, and other allies to share resources and success stories, learn about field-driven best practices, and network within a community engaged in shared values.

This year’s conference theme is Opportunity for All!