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GCPD > Conference on Disability Conference on Disability

December 5 & 6
Westin Downtown Indianapolis

Session materials have been posted and are available for download here.

Visit the conference website to learn more or click here to view a PDF of the conference registration form.

Join fellow advocates and professionals at the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities 22nd annual conference on December 5-6, 2016! This year’s conference, themed “Creating a Culture of Change” will take place at the Westin Hotel in Downtown Indianapolis.

The disability rights movement continues to build momentum, and it’s creating a culture of change — change for the better. We’ve had victories small and large along the way. We’ve seen groundbreaking legislation from forward-thinking supporters.

Legal victories, such as the Olmstead and the Jenny Hatch cases, prove there are advocates willing to challenge the system. The passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was a huge leap forward. The recent passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the ABLE Act, together with the Disability Integration Act on the horizon, demonstrates that the disability community has forced a change in the status quo and continues to make strides towards full inclusion.

Many barriers still exist that prevent people with disabilities from being full, active participants in their communities. We hope you’ll join us in embracing a culture of change — change that will ensure all people with disabilities receive the services and supports they deserve to live rewarding, meaningful, community-integrated lives

Visit our newly updated conference website to learn more about the conference, how to register, and how to apply for a scholarship.

Conference Highlights

  • CHOOSE from 35 workshops including Supported Decision-Making, housing, transit, ADA, advocacy, public policy, and health and wellness.
  • HEAR nationally recognized disability legal expert, Jonathan Martinis, discuss his role in the landmark “Justice for Jenny” case.
  • HEAR award-winning filmmaker and disability rights advocate, Dan Habib, speak about how his film, “Including Samuel,” has led to a national youth inclusion campaign.
  • LISTEN to Stephanie Woodward from the Center for Disability Rights and Maria Town, the disability liaison at the White House, share their thoughts on the state of the Disability Rights Movement.
  • HEAR from Ruthie-Marie Beckwith, Ph.D., as she discusses the history of sub-minimum wage work by people with disabilities and the push for competitive, integrated employment.
  • VISIT the assistive technology lab, sponsored by INDATA, to learn about the latest assistive technology and software.
  • SHOP in “Artisan Alley” and visit the arts and crafts booths of self-advocate artisans.
  • SEE a live demonstration of VITA, a groundbreaking Virtual Reality technology.

DANCE the night away during our evening reception where you are encouraged to dress as your favorite comic book character or superhero!

Exhibitor and Sponsor Opportunities

With nearly 500 participants regularly attending, the Indiana Conference on Disability represents an exceptional opportunity to put your brand in front of key industry leaders, organizations and consumers who have a vested interest in your services or products. By becoming one of our exclusive conference sponsors, you have the chance to reach this uniquely targeted audience and demonstrate your commitment to building relationships and improving access and inclusion for people with disabilities.

View the exhibitor and sponsor package options by clicking here.