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The Arc of Indiana Conference, Appreciation Luncheon & Annual Meeting

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The Arc of Indiana Conference,
Appreciation Luncheon & Annual Meeting

October 29, 2014
Horizon Convention Center
Muncie, Indiana

Pre-Registration is Now Closed 

Walk In Registration will be Available Day of Event  

Parking Information. With the exciting news that The Arc Training Institute & Teaching Hotel, an attached Courtyard Muncie at the Horizon Convention Center, is scheduled to open in Oct., 2015, the construction process has begun.

High Street is permanently closed at the southeast corner of our building. Victor Street is temporarily closed during construction. In order to access the Horizon Convention Center parking lot from High Street, turn right (west) onto Adams Street, turn left (south) to Liberty Street. The parking lot is accessible from Liberty.

Here is a link to a directional map. The parking areas in blue are the preferred parking areas.
Horizon Convention Center Parking

8:00 a.m.
Registration & Exhibits Open

9:00 a.m.

  • Indiana’s New Medicaid Disability Eligibility Process
    Brianne Lott, Project Coordinator/Research Associate,
    Center on Community Living & Careers, IIDC
  • Indiana’s IEP, What Parents Need to Know 
    Matt Johnson, Indiana IEP Resource Center
  • Speak Up! Your Voice as an Advocate 
    Kristen Johnson, Program Supervisor, Best Buddies Indiana
  • ICEArc Annual Meeting

10:00 a.m.
Morning Keynote / The Shut Up Sisters

Gina Gallagher and Patricia TerrasiWe are excited to bring the “Shut Up Sisters” to our 2014 conference. On a perfection pre-occupied planet, sisters Gina Gallagher and Patricia Terrasi dare to openly speak about the frustrations, stigmas, joys and challenges they face as parents of children with disabilities.

Their refreshingly frank and enjoyable presentation, based on their book, Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid, A Survival Guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Children,
has participants laughing out loud and celebrating.

11:15 a.m.

  • Hoosier Care Connect, Medicaid Managed Care for People with Disabilities
    Joe Moser, Indiana Medicaid Director
  • Vocational Rehabilitation – News You Can Use!
    A conversation with Kylee Hope, Director of the Indiana Bureau of Rehabilitation
  • The Affordable Care Act & Insurance in Indiana
    Michele Trivedi, The Arc Insurance Project Manager
  • Seclusion & Restraint in Schools – Where are We Now
    Dana Renay, Autism Society of Indiana Executive Director; Nicole Hicks
  • Self-Advocates of Indiana Annual Meeting   

12:15 p.m.
Appreciation Luncheon
Presentation of The Arc of Indiana’s 2014 Awards

Andrew and Craig PhotoWe are honored to have Andrew & Donald Craig Peterson as our Appreciation Luncheon speakers. Born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in 1993, Andrew Petersen lived in foster care almost from birth and was never expected to walk or talk.  All that changed when Craig Peterson adopted Andrew and his three siblings in 1998. Thanks to years of involvement with Special Olympics, Andrew is an accomplished runner and has won over 25 gold medals in state competitions. Through the Special Olympics Athlete Leadership Program, he has become an accomplished speaker.  Craig Peterson is writing the memoir, Adopting Faith: A Father’s Unconditional Love and shares parenting information on his Facebook Page, EACH Child is Special: Working Smarter Not Harder to Raise Every ONE.   

2:15 p.m.
Afternoon Keynote 

Teaching Hotel Photo Rendering-webImagine the Possibilities – Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler will share the vision of the City of Muncie in making the city one that is inclusive to people of all disabilities, and Kim Dodson, The Arc of Indiana, will share the exciting vision of The Arc’s Training Institute & Teaching Hotel – scheduled to open in Muncie in 2015.

3:15 p.m.

  • Social Media & You
    Laura Cummings, Self-Advocates of Indiana Administrator
  • Ask Events
    Experts in their field will be available to answer your questions one-on-one

    • Ask a Lawyer
      Melissa Keyes & David Smith, Indiana Protection & Advocacy Services 
    • Ask a Family Advocate
      Jill Ginn, The Arc Advocacy Network Manager
      Karly Sciortino-Poulter, The Arc Advocacy Network Family Advocate Specialist
    • Ask The Arc Insurance Project Manager
      Michele Trievdi
    • Ask The Arc Master Trust
      Melissa Justice, The Arc Master Trust Director
    • Ask BDDS & VR
      Julie Reynolds, Bureau of Developmental Disability Services Director
      Area BDDS & VR Casemanagers   

3:15 p.m.
The Arc of Indiana Annual Meeting 

4:00 p.m.
The Arc of Indiana Board of Directors Meeting

$15.00 Self-Advocates
$25.00 Family Members, Members of The Arc & DSPs
$50.00 Professionals/Chapters of The Arc & Organizational Members
$60.00 Professionals