Inclusion Summit

4th Annual Inclusion Summit: Transitioning Across the Lifespan

June 14 - June 15, 2019, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC

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The Annual Inclusion Summit was started to bring a wide variety of disability inclusion stakeholders together to discuss current practices and future innovations. Thus, we invite participants and presenters from among educators, school administrators, related service providers, individuals with disabilities and their families, employers of individuals with disabilities, community-based service providers, vocational support service providers, researchers, policymakers, and all others who participate in inclusive practices across the lifespan.

This year's theme reflects our understanding that every step of life development involves small and large transitions, whether they be from one stage of schooling to the next, from one setting to another, from one skill to the next, or from childhood to adulthood. The events of the 4th Annual Inclusion Summit will help equip our entire community to practice and advocate for better inclusion of individuals with disabilities.

Registration for the conference will open in early February 2019. Details will be updated as they are confirmed, feel free to explore the information and resources below.

Call for Proposals

On behalf of the Inclusion Summit planning committee, we cordially invite individuals and small groups to submit proposals presentations. The two available formats are:

  • a poster presentation for the Friday social hour or
  • lecture-style presentations or panel discussions during the Saturday breakout sessions

Potential topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Presenters during the conference


    Classroom settings and research-based instructional practices
  • Other educational settings and practices
  • Post-secondary and workplace education and training
  • Issues of accessibility
  • Community services supporting inclusion
  • Social and recreational services and opportunities for individuals with disabilities

Proposal are due December 1st, 2018 by 11:59pm.

Learn more and submit your proposal here


Registration for the conference will open in early February 2019.

Date Regular Attendee Presenter Group Rate (4 or more) price per person NCTASH or CEC-TED members
By March 1, 2019 $100 $75 $75 $75
After March 1, 2019 $125 N/A $100 $100

Conference Attendees

Conference Attendees


The overall conference learning objectives will empower attendees to identify current innovations in inclusive practices, identify inclusive practice supported by research, describe inclusive practices for various types of learners and community members, and discuss issues important to inclusive practices in the Western region of North Carolina as well as the state as a whole. 


Below you'll find a list of resources and talking point to help facilitate attending the conference. 

Parents and Families

You can request funding support for the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities for both Conference Speakers and Conference Attendees.

Teachers, Supervisors, and Administrators

Need principal or school district leave time and/or financial support to attend the Inclusion Summit? Download our Sample Letter to Supervisors and Sample Talking Points with Supervisors documents.

Workshops and Speakers

Pre-Conference workshops

Information coming Jan. 2019.

conference schedule overview

Information coming Jan. 2019.

presentation list

Information coming Jan. 2019.

keynote speaker information

Information coming Jan. 2019.

Destination Information


We will have a discounted nightly rate available at Comfort Inn located in Sylva, NC. A short drive from Western Carolina University's Cullowhee campus. A discount code will be provided closer to registration. 

Find additional information accommodations


Dinner Friday evening, Saturday breakfast buffet, and a Saturday box lunch will be provided with your registration fee. 

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