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Luncheon and Conference

Saturday, October 9, 2021
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Virtual Event on Zoom

About The Event

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The 37th Annual  New Jersey Self-Advocacy Network Fall Conference will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2021.

Each year The New Jersey Self-Advocacy Project and the New Jersey Statewide Self-Advocacy Network come together to host our annual Fall Conference for an all-day event of advocacy, education, socializing, and networking!

Please see the side bar for the full schedule.

Online Registration

This event has passed! Thank you to our 115 attendees!

Ad Journal

T-Shirt Fundraiser

If you'd like to purchase a t-shirt to commemorate the event click here or on the image below! All funds raised go directly to the NJ Statewide Self-Advocacy Network.

Sizes are available in XS- 4XL. T-shirts are $25 each and will be shipped directly to you!



There is no charge to attend this event. As a nonprofit organization, we depend upon the generous support of sponsors to make this event a reality. Sponsors will be featured in our digital ad journal and all promotional materials for the event. Please review the information below regarding the various sponsorship opportunities, which directly support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, all monetary donations made to The Arc of New Jersey are 100% tax deductible.  

Available Sponsorships

  • Ad Journal Full Page: $600: Your logo and message will be featured in our virtual ad journal. Size: 8.5" x 11", color
  • Ad Journal Half Page: $300: Your logo and message will be featured in our virtual ad journal. Size: 8.5" x 5.5", color
  • Professional Development Workshops (2 available): $500: Your logo will be featured in the ad journal, social media promotions, and luncheon promotions preceding/during the event. These funds make it possible to provide quality professional development workshops designed specifically for self-advocates to all conference attendees free of charge during the event.
  • Exhibitor Hall: $250: Attend our exhibitor hall and engage our guests with your information and resources during the half-hour Exhibitor Hall session of the event.
  • Technology Fund: Custom Donation Amount: You can donate an amount of your choice to our technology fund. These funds help to ensure the conference is a high quality, streamlined, and accessible virtual event.

Fill out the online form below to sponsor the event.

If you choose to sponsor the event, please send your logo (and ad if applicable) to by September 20, 2021.

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Workshops available are:

  • Financial Management for Self-Advocates: 

Join us while we identify the five building blocks of the budget: needs, wants, income, expense, and tracking spending. We will practice putting these together into a sample budget and discuss the difference between short-term and long-term savings goals. Understanding these building blocks will help you to develop a healthier relationship with money and be more aware of how our choices affect our budgets. You may want access to a calculator or calculator app for some simple math problems.

Dr. Anne Ryan is the Online Program Director for STRIVE WorldWIDE, an online program designed to teach independent living skills to individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism. Anne’s background prior to joining STRIVE is in higher education, serving as an Academic Dean and Campus President. Anne has a master’s degree in Higher Education with a focus on online teaching and learning, and a doctorate in Academic Leadership. Anne’s academic research has focused on providing access to higher education in underserved populations. Anne lives in Kennebunk, ME with her husband Brian, son Oli, and dog, Stan.

Sara Brown is the Coordinator for STRIVE WorldWIDE program at PSL Services/STRIVE. She just finished a year as the lead virtual instructor for TOPS, STRIVE’s transitional program for high school students. Sara has worked with PSL/STRIVE since 2004 in residential and community support, program management, curriculum design, professional development (and lots of ridiculous and fun projects).  Sara enjoys building relationships with participants and furthering inclusion through education. Sara studied sociology at the University of Southern Maine and is Ed Tech III certified in the state of Maine.

  • Inalienable Rights: Self-determination for People with Guardians

Learn about the legal rights that people always keep, even people who have a guardian.  The session will touch on the most important protections, supported decision-making inside a guardianship, and how to enforce those decision-making rights if you disagree with your guardian.

Michael Brower supervises the Community Inclusion team at Disability Rights New Jersey, a private non-profit designated as New Jersey’s Protection and Advocacy system for people with disabilities. A 2012 graduate of Rutgers Law School in Camden, Michael started his career at a respected consumer bankruptcy firm, and developed a connection to disability rights issues through volunteer work at events for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He joined Disability Rights New Jersey in 2016, where his team works on lowering legal barriers that prevent people with all kinds of disabilities from participating as full members of their communities.


If you have any questions, encounter issues during registration, please contact Frankie Bayak.


Phone/Fax: (732) 749-8514