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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Virtual Conference
May 18 all-day

Beyond the Comfort Zone: Understanding and Eradicating Injustice, Racism and Inequality in the Field of Developmental Disabilities,” Diversity Equity & Inclusion Conference, May 18, 2022, AHRC Nassau & The Arc of the United States AHRC Nassau, in conjunction with The Arc of the United States, is proud to present a conference focused on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) within the intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) community.

The DEI Virtual Conference, “Beyond the Comfort Zone: Understanding and Eradicating Injustice, Racism and Inequality in the Field of Developmental Disabilities,” will be held May 18, 2022. Exploring the intersection of disability and race, the DEI Virtual Conference seeks to increase fluency and understanding of the history, challenges and opportunities impacting people with I/DD and the staff who work with them. This conference will connect attendees with leaders from the private and public sector ready to share research, case studies, best practices, and feedback on topics including:

  • Setting and defining goals for improving DEI in your organization.
  • The impact of systemic and historical racism and other barriers on the I/DD sector.
  • The intersection of health care disparities for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and those with I/DD.
  • Creating a pathway for equity and inclusion of BIPOC at all levels of I/DD organizations, including the boards of directors.
  • The challenges and rewards of employing a neuro-diverse workforce.

Registration is coming soon. Fill out the Interest Form below to receive event updates.

Conference planning is currently underway. The Conference Call for Presentations (CFP) deadline has been extended through Friday, February 4, 2022. Apply here.

Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Download the event sponsor kit. For more information, please contact Nicole Zerillo, Assistant Director, Community Resources, AHRC Nassau, at nzerillo@ahrc.org.

Thank you to:

Champion Sponsors:

Northwell Health

Advocate Sponsors:

The Arc New York
NACDD National Association on Developmental Disabilities

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About AHRC Nassau
AHRC Nassau is an internationally recognized human services agency supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities on Long Island. Mission driven, AHRC Nassau is committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion across all segments of society. This call to action is an authentic expression of a staff that is diverse at all levels and seeks to share best practices toward a more inclusive future for all.

AHRC Nassau is part of an elite group of international agencies accredited by CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership for Person-Centered Excellence Accreditation With Distinction. AHRC is also one of four agencies accredited by New York State’s Office for People With Developmental Disabilities as a Compass agency, which is the highest level of accreditation offered.

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