Conference Agenda

Special – Sunday, June 2

12:00pm – 5:00pm

New Legal Managers Orientation

Designed for new or nearly new P&A managers of legal work, including legal directors, litigation directors, managing and supervisory attorneys. Using facilitated discussion, issues of importance to P&A legal practice management to promote the delivery of quality legal advocacy services pursuant to the P&A statutes and application of the P&A Standards will be highlighted.


Institutes are intensive, day-long trainings that focus on a core area of disability rights, emerging issues or P&A management. Click on the titles below to read a full description.

Monday, June 3

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Employment Institute: Broader Employment Options for People with Disabilities

Opportunities to help people prepare for and find work are greater than one might think. Learn what services and supports exist besides VR, such as Ticket to Work, American Job Centers, and DOL apprenticeships. In addition, learn how policies drive nontraditional services to help people become fully employed and self-sufficient.

I&R Institute

Information and Referral (I&R) departments are a virtual front door for the Protection and Advocacy System and a crucial foundation for its work. As individual, structural and systemic barriers to personal autonomy increase, so does the dependence on I&R to understand and enforce clients’ rights, with most clients exclusively receiving I&R services. This session explores modernizing I&R departments to meet growing needs and a faster pace of receiving and using information. Discussion will include call management, file creation, client communication, cultural humility, DAD, self-care, and case closure. Our goal is to start reimagining modern intake, I&R, and short-term assistance.

Legal Directors Meeting

P&A legal managers have challenging and complicated roles in providing visionary leadership to P&A legal programs and managing the delivery of quality legal advocacy services. The annual full-day Legal Director’s Meeting provides a setting for senior P&A legal managers (including legal directors, litigation directors, managing and supervisory attorneys) to participate in facilitated discussions with peers to share common concerns, explore strategies regarding emerging issues and practice unique to the P&As, and consider techniques for maximizing P&A resources.

Monitoring, Investigations, Reporting Institute

This institute will discuss skills and strategies for monitoring a facility or service provider and investigating abuse and neglect. Speakers will also address techniques used to communicate the results of such efforts. A combination of presentations and breakout discussions will be used with a planned focus on institutions, group homes, jails and prisons, juvenile justice facilities, and migrant detention centers. A follow-up session later in the conference will discuss the use of public reports after a monitoring or investigation. Participants will be expected to have a basic understanding of the P&A access authority prior to the institute. A training on P&A Access is available on the TASC website.

Systemic Education Advocacy Institute

Special education advocacy based on the cases coming in can feel overwhelming, leading to a sense of not accomplishing systemic change. This session will look at ways to develop a systemic approach to special education advocacy–restructuring your special education advocacy efforts, and using administrative advocacy and litigation to achieve systemic change.

Voting Institute: Intro to Accessible Voting Technology

Engage in practical discussion of voting systems, including a rundown of market-ready voting machines, real talk about how each system does or doesn’t meet the needs of voters with disabilities, and access for voters with limited English proficiency. Participants will go off-site to visit the National Federation of the Blind after lunch and interact with voting machines hands on.


Workshops are 90 minute training sessions focusing on specific disability rights topics and led by an expert(s) in the field. Workshops and times are subject to change as planning continues. Click on the title below to read the full description.

Tuesday, June 4

Session A: 8:30 am – 10:00 am

  • Complex Litigation (Runs all day Tuesday and Wednesday)
  • Employment Rights under the ADA
  • Developing Agreements to Promote Juvenile Justice Diversion of Youth with Disabilities
  • Ethical Implications of Maintaining Client-Lawyer Relationship
  • Make an Impact Through Public Reports
  • Medicaid Assessment and Enrollment Challenges
  • P&A Orientation
  • Special Education Volunteer Advocates

General Session: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Each year, NDRN invites distinguished guests to discuss, debate and celebrate cutting-edge issues in the fight for disability rights. Check back soon for more information about the 2019 General Sessions.

Session B: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

  • Challenging and Remedying Correctional Practices – Part I
  • Conducting Death Investigations
  • Continuing Issues in VR – Part I
  • Incorporating Values and Principles Into Your Daily Practice
  • Olmstead and Medicaid Year in Review
  • Update on Restraint and Seclusion
  • Voting, PAVA, and Self-Advocates: A Way Forward

Session C: 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

  • Challenging and Remedying Correctional Practices – Part II
  • Continuing Issues in VR – Part II
  • P&A Staff Self-Care
  • Recognizing Denial of Medicaid Due Process
  • Sexual Consent Issues in a “Me Too” World
  • Supreme Court and Circuit Court Update
  • Voter Registration: How to Engage Self-Advocates

Wednesday, June 5

Session D: 8:30 am – 10:00 am

  • Achieving Innovative Settlements
  • Complex Litigation II
  • Effective PATBI Advocacy
  • Jobs! Training Individuals in Sheltered Employment
  • Look Up, Look Down: Managing from the Middle
  • The Changing Landscape for Service and Emotional Support Animals
  • Update on Public Policy – Part I

Session E: 10:30 am – 12 noon

  • Able Accounts and Disability Benefits
  • Challenging Guardianship through Supported Decision-Making and Other Means
  • Obtaining Effective Transition Services
  • Policy Update, Part II, With a Focus on 2020 Census and Voting
  • Services for Survivors of Crimes with Disabilities
  • Strategic Considerations when Pursuing Remedies after Abuse & Neglect
  • Update on Federal Activities

Session F: 1:30 – 3:00 pm

  • Beyond Checking the Box
  • Challenging the Adequacy of State Olmstead Plans
  • Discipline Issues Update
  • P&A Access and Standing Update – Part I
  • RSA Update: VR/CAP
  • Using Communication to Support Advocacy
  • Veterans’ Issues in P&A Advocacy

Session G: 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

  • Accommodating People with Disabilities During Legal Proceedings
  • Challenging a State’s Fundamental Alteration Defense
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Interviewing PWD Under Challenging Conditions
  • P&A Access and Standing Update – Part II
  • Strategies to Guide Individuals with MI through VR
  • Voter Suppression 101: How to Blame Disability

Thursday, June 6

Session H: 8:30 am – 10:00 am

  • Intersectionality: LGBTQDisability
  • PABRP Update
  • Skills for New Supervisors
  • Trueblood: Litigation, Leg and Community Organization
  • Video Remote Interpreting in Hospital/Medical Settings
  • Using Endrew F Effectively
  • Writing Effective IPE’s

General Session: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Each year, NDRN invites distinguished guests to discuss, debate and celebrate cutting-edge issues in the fight for disability rights. Check back soon for more information about the 2019 General Sessions.

Session I: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

  • Advocacy to Enforce the HCBS Settings Rule
  • Advocating for Migrant Children with Disabilities
  • Post-Litigation Planning
  • Quick Response Checks P&A Initiated
  • Wage and Hour Complaints

Session J: 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

  • Conducting Payee and Beneficiary Interviews
  • Ensuring Appropriate Discharge Planning
  • Legal Ethics: Working with Clients Exhibiting Challenging Behaviors
  • OFCCP’s Role in Increasing Employment