2018 LEAD! Conference & Expo

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
DCU Center
50 Foster Street
Worcester, MA 01608
Conference

ADDP INVITES YOU TO PARTICIPATE IN ITS LEAD! CONFERENCE & EXPO ON APRIL 12, 2018

The LEAD! Conference 2018 tagline is "Inclusive Communities,” symbolizing a commitment to fight for active participation in and acceptance of everyone in their communities regardless of age, (dis)ability, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, and any other protected status. It is intended to represent acceptance of diversity across all populations and full, meaningful integration of everyone into their communities.

The conference will provide a space for professionals and advocates in the intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) community opportunities to hear the latest ideas, trends, practices, and policies impacting services; engage in discussions to generate new solutions; and network.

We're excited to welcome Mario Arnauz Bonds to the stage as this year's keynote speaker! Mario is a singer/song writer and author with a dynamic presence. A cast member from the 2012 run of the Oxygen Network's The Glee Project, Mario has inspired many. Mario's riveting personal story includes going totally blind at age 10, abuse, abandonment, poverty, homelessness and many other unthinkable curve balls. He found the drive to motivate himself, to persevere, and make the right choices and ultimately reach success. It is anticipated that his speech will be unforgettable, moving, and powerful. Read more about Mario Arnauz Bonds here.

Conference Visibility Opportunities

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Breakout Session Proposals

Do you have a promising practice or idea to share that is relevant to the I/DD or brain injury field? If you have answered yes, then ADDP invites you to participate in its annual LEAD! Conference & Expo by submitting a workshop presentation proposal.

Refer to presentation guidelines for more information and criteria for presentations. The conference presentation form is easy to download, and deadline to submit a workshop proposal is February 5, 2018.

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Award Nomination Proposals

Is there someone you want to acknowledge for their hard work? Show your appreciation and nominate them!

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DEADLINE TO APPLY IS FEB. 20, 2018

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ADMISSION:

BEFORE 5:00 PM Friday March 16th:

$140 ADDP Member Admission
$130 Group of 10 ADDP Member Discount
$200 Non-Member Admission

AFTER 5:00 PM Friday March 16th:

$165 ADDP Member Admission
$155 Group of 10 ADDP Member Discount
$225 Non-Member Admission

The fee includes breakfast, lunch, presentations, as well as your participation in two professional development workshops!

REGISTERING A GROUP OF 10, BUT DON'T HAVE EVERYONE'S NAME YET? NO PROBLEM! FIRST, MAKE SURE YOU CREATE A LOGIN USERNAME ON THE REGISTRATION PAGE, THEN FILL IN THE REQUIRED ATTENDEE FIELDS WITH "TBD" (MAKE SURE EMAIL IS TBD@TBD.COM FOR THE SYSTEM TO RECOGNIZE IT). ONCE YOU COLLECT ATTENDEE INFO, SIMPLY LOG IN (CLICK HERE) AND UPDATE YOUR REGISTRATION.

Deadline to request an interpreter is Wednesday, March 21st.

Deadline to submit dietary restrictions is Friday, March 30th.

Please note: we will not accept breakout session choices during registration. Attendees can choose which breakout session they would like to attend which gives participants the freedom to change their mind the day of the event if necessary.

Thank You To All Our Sponsors!
Keynote Sponsor
Silver Business Member Sponsor
Arbor Associates
Foothold Technology
SteadyCare
CBIZ & MHM
Gold Business Member Sponsor
Platinum Business Member Sponsor
Registration Table Sponsor
Justice Resource Institute
Notepad Sponsor
Road To Responsibility
Self-Determination Award Sponsor
Western Massachusetts Training Consortium
Music Sponsor
Career Resources
LifeLinks