Thursday and Friday, September 8-9, 2016

University Place Hilton, Charlotte
8629 JM Keynes Drive
Charlotte, NC 28269
(room block is open; $119 single/double)

Featured Speakers and Events:

Opening and Closing Speakers: Paul Dougherty and his daughter, Jillian Dougherty Mavriplis. Paul will be our keynote speaker (check out his book on Amazon HERE). Jillian, an inspiring self-advocate in the Chicago area, will be our featured speaker at our closing lunch.

Pre-Conference (Alternatives to Guardianship and Self-Direction)
Awards Luncheon
Networking Opportunities
Repeating Breakout Sessions s
Ask Deb! – individual waiver/services questions
Exhibitors, to include self-advocate entrepreneurs from around the state
Self-advocate track
Ask-the-Pharmacist booth
Annual Meeting
Entertainment on Thursday night

Register online this year. If you need help registering, please call 919-500-9718 for assistance.

Scholarships available through the Jean-Wolff Rossi Fund. Please complete application HERE.

Registration includes: continental breakfast both days, lunch both days, and light appetizers on Thursday night.

Questions you might have:

1. Are there scholarships available?
Yes. The Rossi Fund, administered through the NC DD Council, is offering a limited number of scholarships. Please apply at . If you are denied, please contact Melinda Plue ( with a detailed request for a scholarship (first-time attendees take priority), and we will put it before our scholarship committee.

2. Do you need an accommodation? To ensure that our conference is fully accessible to you, please email or call 919.500.9718.

3. Do you offer refunds? Full refunds minus a $25 handling fee will be given up until September 1, 2016. After September 1, we cannot offer any refunds.

4. Will you be taking pictures?
Yes. We will be taking pictures and possibly videoing portions of the conference. By registering, you irrevocably consent to and authorize The Arc of NC to photograph and record you at the event and to use and publish the same. All prints and digital files are solely the property of The Arc of North Carolina.

5. Other questions? Please call Melinda Plue at 919.500.9718 or email