The 2021 virtual convention will take place from Wednesday, May 5, 2021 through Saturday, May 8, 2021. This schedule of events is still being refined and is subject to change prior to the event.

Scroll this page and/or use the links to the right to check out all the great programming we have in store for you this year and to stay connected for updates by signing up for our e-newsletter.


Our agenda is still being finalized and new sessions are being added. Check back soon for more information about our scheduled programming.

Day Time Title / Topic (Click title for full description.) Format Presenter
May 5, 2021 5:00 PM Virtual Town Hall
Conversation with Oregon Legislators
Live Presentation Sara Gelser
Oregon State Legislature – District 8
May 6, 2021 9:30 AM It Is Not The Map, It’s The Terrain That Keeps Us Safe While Navigating Mt. Covid!
Critical Thinking
Live Presentation Alonzo Kelly
Kelly Leadership Group
May 6, 2021 11:00 AM Getting the supports you need to live the life you want
Making the most of Residential Services
Pre-recorded w/Live Q&A Toni Larson
Residential Facilities Ombudsman Program
May 6, 2021 11:00 AM Music-Empowered Resiliency
Music Therapy & Self Care
Live Presentation Kristen McSorley
Earthtones Northwest
Maggie Johnson
Earthtones Northwest
May 6, 2021 11:00 AM Policy Update from Washington DC
Federal Public Policy
Live Presentation Nicole Jorwic
The Arc of the United States
May 6, 2021 1:00 PM Creating a Life for Thriving!
Supporting People to Live a Good Life
Live Presentation Nick Kaasa
The Arc Oregon
Jennifer DiBello
The Arc Oregon
Kaaren Londahl
The Arc of Oregon
Kimberly Taylor
The Arc of Oregon
May 6, 2021 2:30 PM More than a Chart: One Page Profiles for the Medical Setting
Health Care
Live Presentation Tamara Bakewell
Oregon Family to Family Health Information Center
May 6, 2021 2:30 PM Take Control of Your Financial Future with ABLE
Oregon ABLE Savings Plan
Live Presentation Kaellen Hessel
Oregon ABLE Savings Plan
May 6, 2021 4:00 PM Homes Not Housing!
Building Inclusive and Diverse Communities
Live Presentation Alicia DeLashmutt
Our Home, Inclusive Community Collaborative
May 6, 2021 4:00 PM Planning for a Health Emergency
Health Care
Live Presentation Tamara Bakewell
Oregon Family to Family Health Information Center
May 7, 2021 9:30 AM Seeds of Change: Adapt. Grow. Thrive.
Community Conversations
Live Presentation Alan Lytle
The Arc of Oregon
Emily Braman
The Arc Oregon
May 7, 2021 10:00 AM Keynote Speaker
Live Presentation Lilia Teninty
Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (ODDS)
May 7, 2021 1:00 PM Access to Health Care During a Pandemic
Addressing equity issues impacting people with disabilities seeking care
Live Presentation Emily Cooper
Disability Rights Oregon
May 7, 2021 1:00 PM Tips for Managing In-Home Supports
A Workshop Filled with Tips and Tools for Managing In-Home Supports
Live Presentation Alice Massey
The Arc Oregon
Jennie Heidrick
The Arc Oregon
May 7, 2021 2:30 PM Exploring and Supporting Communication
Communication: Exploring and Supporting Communication
Live Presentation Nicholas Kaasa
The Arc Oregon
Aniko Adany
The Arc Oregon
May 7, 2021 2:30 PM Tools to Support Decision Making
Supported Decision Making
Live Presentation Emily Braman
The Arc Oregon
May 8, 2021 9:30 AM Round Table Discussions: Local Chapters of The Arc
Chapter Management and Governance
Live Presentation Paula Markovitz Boga
The Arc of Oregon
May 8, 2021 11:00 AM Annual Business Meeting for Chapters of The Arc
The Arc Oregon Board Elections and Annual Business Meeting
Live Presentation Anna Keenan-Mudrick
The Arc Oregon
Advocacy Across Systems
Personal & Grass Roots Advocacy
Pre-recorded Cheryl Cisneros
Creating Opportunities
Decision Making Supports: Alternatives To Guardianship
Independent Living
Pre-recorded Emily Braman
The Arc Oregon
Embracing Best Practices: Introduction to the Nonprofit Standards for Excellence
Nonprofit Management and Governance
Pre-recorded Paula Markovitz Boga
The Arc of Oregon
Understanding How to Establish and Access My Oregon Special Needs Trust
How to Set Up an Account and The Use It
Pre-recorded Cici Gaynor
The Arc Oregon
Overview of Events

Events begin at 9:30 am each day and the daily schedule allows ample time in between sessions to visit the Virtual Exhibit Hall, check emails, and take time for self-care throughout the day.

Wednesday | May 5

  • Pre-recorded Sessions
  • Behavior Specialist Network Event
  • Live Town Hall with Legislative Representatives

Thursday| May 6

  • General Session / Convention Kick-Off with Keynote by Alonzo Kelly
  • Concurrent Sessions
  • Self-Advocate Panel Discussion

Friday | May 7

  • Seeds of Change Community Conversations
  • Lilia Teninty, Director of Developmental Disabilities Services (ODDS)
  • Concurrent Sessions
  • Recordings of Live Sessions available

Saturday | May 8

  • General Session with Awards Presentation and Keynote
  • Local Chapter Round Table Discussions
  • Annual Business Meeting of The Arc Oregon

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