Government Affairs Summit

April 2-4, 2017
Alexandria, VA

Hotel Info

Hilton Alexandria Old Town Hotel, VA - Metro
Hilton Alexandria Old Town
1767 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

The official hotel for the 2017 Government Affairs Summit is the Hilton Alexandria Old Town. NRA has negotiated a special rate for summit attendees. To receive the rate of $189 per night plus tax per night, please make your reservation online at: http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/D/DCAOTHF-MRA-20170331/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

Reservations must be made no later than March 11, 2017

Registration Info

Start Budgeting Today!

Registration for the 2017 Government Affairs Summit is now Open, register before March 23, 2017 to receive the Early Bird rate.

Registration Type

 Early Bird Registration Fee

 
 Standard Registration Fee
 
 
 
 Member Registration  $285  $305
     
 Non-Member Registration   $365  $385
     
 Student Member Registration   $170  $190
     
 Student Non-Member  $210  $230
     
 One Day Registration  $150  $170
     

Should you have questions regarding registration, please contact conference@nationalrehab.org




 

AGENDA

 

2017 NRA GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS SUMMIT

APRIL 2 – 4, 2017

HILTON OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA

 

ALL SESSIONS AND EVENTS FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 2 AND MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2017 WILL BE HELD AT THE KING STREET HILTON

TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2017 WILL BE “NRA DAY ON  HILL”

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 2, 2017

 

7:00 A.M. – 8:30 A.M.             Continental Breakfast

 

8:15 A.M. – 8:30 A.M.             Opening Remarks

                                                   Doris Illies, 2017 NRA President

                                                   Dr. Fredric K. Schroeder, NRA Executive Director

8:30 A.M.-9:30 A.M.               The People’s House & Senate “101”

                                                   Presenters:   Patricia Leahy, NRA Director of Government Affairs

                                                                        Eleanor Williams, NRA’s Immediate Past President

Dr. Jennipher Wiebold & Students, Western Michigan University

 

9:30 A.M. – 9:45 A.M.             Networking Break

9:45 A.M. – 10:45 A.M.           Breakout Session #1 – The Gravitas of Grassroots Advocacy”

                                                  Presenter:     Anil Lewis, M.P.A., Executive Director  

National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Jernigan Institute

                                                Breakout Session #2 – The Art of Advocacy

                                                  Presenter:     Becky Bowers-Lanier, Legislative Advocate

                                                                        Virginia Rehabilitation Association

10:45 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.         Networking Break

11:00 A.M. – 12:15 P.M.         Business Panel

                                                  Presenter:     Kathy West-Evans, Founder and Director

                                                                        National Employment Team (The NET) of CSAVR

                                                                       

SUNDAY, APRIL 2, 2017 CONTINUED

 

12:15 P.M. – 1:30 P.M.           Buffet Luncheon

 

1:30 P.M. – 3:45 P.M.             Discussion of the Issue Statements

 

3:45 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.             Networking Break

 

4:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.             Presentation of NRA’s Lead-On Awards

 

5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.             NRA President’s Reception

 

 

MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2017

 

7:00 A.M. – 9:30 A.M.             Continental Breakfast

 

8:15 A.M. – 9:15 A.M.             RSA Presentation

                                                   Presenter:    Dr. Thomas Finch, Director, Training and

                                                                        Services Programs Division, Rehabilitation

                                                                        Services Administration (RSA), U.S. Department  

                                                                        Of Education

9:15 A.M. – 9:30 A.M.             Networking Break

9:30 A.M. – 10:45 A.M.           Congressional Panel

                                                   Presenter:    Kimberly Knackstedt, Disability Policy Advisor

                                                                        House Committee on Education and the Workforce

                                                    Presenter:   Brad Thomas, Senior Education Policy Advisor

                                                                        House Committee on Education and the Workforce

           

10:45 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.         Networking Break

11:00 A.M. – 12 Noon             ACA/Medicaid

                                                  Presenter:     Marty Ford, Senior Executive Officer

                                                                        The ARC

                                                           

12 Noon – 1:30 P.M.               Lunch on Own

1:30 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.             Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Coalition (VRCC)

                                                   Presenter:    Greg Mason, NRA President-Elect

                                                                       

2:30 P.M. – 2:45 P.M.             Networking Break

 

MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2017 CONTINUED

 

 

2:45 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.             Breakout Session #1 – The Art of Advocacy and Individuals

                                                                                          In Supported Employment

                                                   Presenter:    Laura Owens, Former Director of APSE

and Executive Director of TRANSCEN

2:45 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.            Breakout Session #2 – The SGA Project: Improving VR Engagement and Outcomes for SSDI Only Clients; An Interim Snapshot

                                                   Presenter:    Russ Thelin, Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI)

4:00 P.M. -                              GA Summit Committee will be available for questions and further discussion of the Issue Statements

 

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 4 2017

 

7:00 A.M. – 9:30 A.M.             Continental Breakfast – Hilton Hotel

 

DEPARTURE TO CAPITOL HILL (CONSISTENT WITH APPOINTMENTS WITH YOUR RESPECTIVE SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES)

 

LUNCH ON THE HILL ON YOUR OWN

 

3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.             Wrap-Up Session (Room TBA)

5:00 P.M.                                 Adjournment of the Summit