2019 INDIANA CONFERENCE ON DISABILITIES
CHALLENGING ASSUMPTIONS
November 17-19, 2019 | Indianapolis Downtown Marriott
Picture of general session at conference
International disability rights pioneer and civil rights activist
Disability rights activist, positivity and beauty champion, AT&T Exemplar
Disability advocate, American folk singer, violinist, winner of NPR’s 2016 Tiny Desk Concert
International disability rights activist, founder & CEO of Empowerment Through Integration (ETI)
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Judy Heumann
Xian Horn
Gaelynn Lea
Sara Minkara
Hear from the experts
Learn skills and stay up to date.
Our speakers are proven leaders, experts, innovators, and thinkers in the disability field.
Our robust selection process helps ensure that you’re hearing from the best.
There’s something for everyone within our broad selection of workshop offerings.
» 30+ Workshops » Multiple Tracks
Resource Fair
Connect with nearly 50 organizations, 
programs, agencies, and businesses
Our Resource Fair showcases exhibitors making up the “Who’s Who” of
solution-providers in the disability field. Over two days, you’ll have ample
time to discover innovative products, programs, and services.
See Who’s Exhibiting

Challenge Yourself at the 2019 Indiana Conference on Disability

The Conference on Disability is truly an exceptional event. Offering so much in such a short time, you’ll be amazed by how much you learned, how many connections you made, and how many ideas you took away over just three days.

  • HEAR disability and civil rights pioneer, Judy Heumann, talk about how she has spent her life challenging assumptions about people with disabilities and advocating for equal rights, including leading the historic “504 Sit-in” which was instrumental in ushering in a new era of civil rights for people with disabilities. 
  • LISTEN to internationally recognized disability advocate, Sara Minkara, discuss how we should be blind to the labels that society gives us and live a life of impact. 
  • LEARN from Xian Horn and her vision to expand the world’s concept and representation of beauty which celebrates new faces and new bodies.

  • HEAR award-winning folk singer and violinist, Gaelynn Lea, talk about how she gained a greater sense of well-being when she shifted her focus from progress in the traditional sense to creating a more enriching life for herself and others.
  • CHOOSE from 35 workshops including Supported Decision-Making, housing, employment, advocacy, public policy, and education.
  • PARTICIPATE in the Independent Living Disability Listening Forum, hosted by INSILC, during Sunday’s pre-conference activities.
  • ENJOY an evening of music in an intimate concert setting with singer-songwriter and violinist, Gaelynn Lea.
  • NETWORK with friends and colleagues at our Monday Evening Reception!

November 17-19, 2019

25Days
4Hours
23Mins
9Secs

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Keynote Speakers

Learn about our distinguished keynote speakers who have dedicated their lives to challenging assumptions about people with disabilities by clicking on the individual photos below.
Judy Heumann headshot

Judy Heumann

Disability and civil rights activist
Xian Horn headshot

Xian Horn

Teacher, Speaker, Beauty Advocate, Blogger
Gaelynn Lea headshot

Gaelynn Lea

Singer, violinist, public speaker, disability advocate
Sara Minkara headshot

Sara Minkara

Founder and CEO of Empowerment Through Integration (ETI)

Register Today

Limited personal care attendants will be provided. Participants requiring substantial assistance are asked to secure their own PCAs. The cost to register your own PCA for the conference is $25 (meals are provided). Additional PCAs may be registered at the general Participant rate.

 

$25

Scholarship Applicant

  • Full Two Day Access (Monday and Tuesday)
  • Pre-Conference Access (Sunday)
  • Reception
  • Concert
  • Film Screening
  • Discounted Parking Shuttle
  • Hotel Lodging if Eligible

 

$99

Person with a disability, family members, students

  • Full Two Day Access (Monday and Tuesday)
  • Pre-Conference Access (Sunday)
  • Reception
  • Concert
  • Film Screening
  • Discounted Parking Shuttle

 

$225

General Participant (Both Daya)

  • Full Two Day Access (Monday and Tuesday)
  • Pre-Conference Access (Sunday)
  • Reception
  • Concert
  • Film Screening
  • Discounted Parking Shuttle

 

$125

General Participant (Monday or Tuesday)

  • One Day Access (Monday or Tuesday)
  • Pre-Conference Access (Sunday)
  • Reception
  • Concert
  • Film Screening
  • Discounted Parking Shuttle

Conference Program

Conference organizers and volunteers are hard at work planning this year’s conference. The schedule will be updated as more details are finalized.

Attending the Conference

This year’s conference will be held at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. Please note the new location.

Reserve Your Room Today!

Stay at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown to make the most of your conference experience. The Indiana Disability Conference hotel block has rooms starting at ###/night. 

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Resource Fair

With over 40 exhibitors participating, you’re sure to find valuable information and new solutions from the many organizations, programs, and services that will be showcased.

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Show case your organization or resource to our diverse audience!

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Interested in becoming a sponsor? Let us know! 

Sponsors and Partners

The Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities would like to thank the following organizations for their support of this year’s conference:

November 17 – 19, 2019 / Downtown Indianapolis Marriott