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Advocacy & Policy Conference 2020

Advocacy & Policy Conference 2020

The Advocacy & Policy Conference is The Arc’s annual gathering of self-advocates, family members, local and statewide leaders, and public policy makers.  The conference is scheduled for June 1 & 2, 2020 at the Crowne Plaza Harrisburg-Hershey.  JOIN US to learn more about The Arc; to meet local lawmakers; and to learn more about the issues that impact people with intellectual disabilities and their families!

Key Events: 
Day 1:  1:00-3:00PM The Arc of PA’s Board of Director’s Meeting

Day 1:  3:00-4:00PM The Arc of PA’s Annual Membership Meeting

Day 1: 4:30-5:00PM Pennsylvania Conference of Executives Meeting

Day 1: 5:00-7:00PM Legislative Reception (Crowne Plaza)

Day 2: 9:00-10:00AM Disability Rally at the State Capitol

Day 2: 10:30-3:00PM Plenary Sessions:

“Advancing Employment of People with Intellectual Disabilities:  Making Connections for the 21st Century Workforce”


NOTE: We understand these are uncertain times and will continue to monitor the situation with COVID-19.  We will let you know of any change to the event in a prompt manner.  All fees will be refunded if the event is cancelled due to COVID-19.

Overnight Accommodation Information

Crowne Plaza Harrisburg-Hershey

23 South Second Street, Harrisburg | Pennsylvania | 17101 | United States | 1-717-2345021 |

Room Reservation – Reservations received after 5/9/2020 will be accepted on a space available basis.  Room Block ends on 5/9/2020.

Cost: $110.00

Call now 717-234-5021 or reserve On-Line to reserve your room in The Arc Block - $110.00

Check In Time: 3PM / Check-Out Time: 11AM


Parking for overnight guests at $12.00 per vehicle.

Parking for DAY Guests at hotel is based on availability or self-parking at the Market Square parking garage at $15.00 per vehicle.
Valet parking is available.  Clearance is 6’2”.

Amenities include: Wi-Fi Services; Fully equipped fitness center; Full-service, on-site restaurant and lounge.

Special Needs

The comfort of each and every one of our guests is important to us. Learn about the accessible rooms, spaces and services available at our hotel, from TTY devices and accessible parking, to assistive listening devices and beyond. Just let us know how we can best accommodate your stay.

Accessible Guest Room & Bathroom

Wheelchair Accessible Rooms Available

ADA Compliant Guest Rooms and Access Routes

Event Refunds/Cancellations/Accommodations

Cancellation/Refund Policy

The Arc of PA hopes everyone who registers for the conference will be able to attend; however, we know that extenuating circumstances do occur.  The Cancellation and Refund Policy is as follows:

Cancellations BEFORE May 22, 2020: Conference registration canceled on or before May 22th, 2020 is refundable minus a $25 administrative fee.  Submit all requests to Shirley Keith-Knox at

Cancellations May 23rd, 2020 and After:  Registrants canceling May 23rd, 2020 and after, including conference NO SHOWS, will not receive a refund. The cancellation/refund policy will not be waived. Registration fees may be transferred to another individual.  If you are requesting a transfer of the registration, the invoice for the new registration will be revised to reflect the new registrant's attendance status.  To transfer your registration, submit your request to Shirley Keith-Knox at

Cancelling Hotel Arrangements:  In all instances, the registrant is responsible to cancel all travel and/or hotel arrangements.  The Arc of PA will not assume any cost for NO SHOWS or late cancellations.


All attendees who are in need of accommodations (interpreters, large print, etc.) must note this on their registration form or contact Shirley Keith-Knox at  We cannot guarantee accommodations for requests received with less than 30 days’ notice.