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General Conference Questions
What is the 2024 Bridge to Success Conference?
The Arc TN’s Advocacy and Family Engagement in Special Education Projects are excited to present the inaugural Bridge to Success Conference, a new one-day conference in April 2024. This conference will provide an opportunity for advocates, educators, and families to gather to learn how together we can build a bridge to success for individuals with disabilities throughout their lifetime.
When does the Bridge to Success Conference begin?

The 2024 Bridge to Success Conference is a one-day conference that takes place on Friday, April 5, 2024.

Where is the 2024 Bridge to Success Conference?
The 2024 Bridge to Success Conference will be held at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs at 700 Cool Springs Blvd, Franklin, TN 37067.
Who will attend the Bridge to Success Conference?
Attendees will include 150+ advocates, educators, self-advocates, and families from across the state of Tennessee as well as representatives from the 15 local chapters of The Arc Tennessee and community agencies.
How much is registration for the Bridge to Success Conference?

Attendees who register during the early bird period (until January 31, 2024) will pay $199 for the full-day conference. The rate is $250 for attendees who register between February 1, 2024 and March 31, 2024. Registration for TN School District staff is funded by TN-TAN. 

If I am an educator or TN School District staff how much are my registration fees?

Educators and TN School District staff registration fees are paid by the Tennessee Technical Assistance Network (TN-TAN). TN-TAN is a free resource for Tennessee public schools provided by the Tennessee Department of Education.

How can I book a hotel room for the conference?

You may make a reservation by calling Franklin Marriott Cool Springs at (615) 261-6100. Please ask for The Arc Tennessee – Bridge to Success Conference room block to receive a special rate or click here to make hotel reservations.

Will PDP/CEUs be offered for the Bridge to Success Conference presentations?
Certificates of Completion will be available for participants. Please note that guidelines around Continuing Education Credits (CEU) and Professional Development Points vary, and you should consult the appropriate professional representative to verify what kind of content and source can be submitted for consideration.
Registration Questions
When can I register for the 2024 Bridge to Success Conference?
Registration for the 2024 Bridge to Success Conference will open in early January. Join our mailing list to get updates and information on the conference. Sign up here
I registered to pay by invoice. When should I expect to receive it?

Your confirmation email will include your invoice. Please send your payment and allow 5-7 business days for processing. If you do not see the confirmation email, first check your spam or junk folder. If it is not there, please email bridgetosuccesstn@thearctn.org

How do I change something on my registration application?
Email any changes you need to make to bridgetosuccesstn@thearctn.org. 
I registered but did not receive a confirmation email. What do I do?
First, check your spam or junk folder. If it is not there, please email bridgetosuccesstn@thearctn.org.
What if I have registration questions or need help registering?
Attendees can contact Angela Braach with The Arc Tennessee by calling 800-835-7077 (ext. 317) or emailing bridgetosuccesstn@thearctn.org.  If calling, be sure to leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible.
I am a member of The Arc. Do I receive a discount to the conference?

Current members of The Arc receive Early Bird pricing even after Every Bird pricing ends! If you are registering after Early Bird Pricing ends, email Membership@thearctn.org to confirm your membership and for a link to register at the discounted rate.

Presentation Questions
Who will be presenting at the 2024 Bridge to Success Conference?
Selected speakers will present on topics from two tracks – advocacy and education. Presenters will share their expertise on best practices and provide insight on topics that most directly affect people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, and educators.
Can I apply to be a presenter? I know someone who would be a good presenter.

We are currently looking for experts/professionals to present in the areas of advocacy for individuals with disabilities and special education. If you would like to present at this event, please submit your proposal here by December 31, 2023.

What if I have presentation questions or need help applying to present?

Presenters can contact Gavin Dillinger with The Arc Tennessee by calling 800-835-7077 (ext. 017) or emailing gdillinger@thearctn.org. If calling, be sure to leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

Will PDP/CEUs be offered for the Bridge to Success Conference presentations?

Certificates of Completion will be available for participants. Please note that guidelines around Continuing Education Credits (CEU) and Professional Development Points vary, and you should consult the appropriate professional representative to verify what kind of content and source can be submitted for consideration. 

Sponsorship Questions
How can I apply to be a sponsor for the 2024 Bridge to Success Conference?

Find additional information about becoming a sponsor and the application to sign-up here. Please contact Frank Meeuwis with The Arc Tennessee with questions by calling 800-835-7077 (ext. 023) or emailing fmeeuwis@thearctn.org.

What are the benefits of being a sponsor for the conference?
There are many benefits to being a sponsor for the 2024 Bridge to Success Conference including:

  • Social Responsibility – Partnering with The Arc TN shows others that you support equality and fairness for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
  • Brand Awareness – There are 15 local chapters of The Arc Tennessee across the state providing a significant number of potential new customers through promotion of your sponsorship.
  • Press Coverage – As a sponsor at the Platinum, Gold, and Silver levels, your organization will be highlighted in all press releases.
  • Free Registration – Sponsors at the Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze levels will receive complimentary registration at the conference.
  • Social Media Reach – You will have access to The Arc TN and Family Engagement in Special Education’s 6,000+ followers on social media.
  • Access to Educators and Professionals – The Arc TN’s Family Engagement and Advocacy Programs work in collaboration with TN Department of Education and DIDD giving you access to educators and professionals statewide.
What are the sponsorship levels for the conference?

Platinum $10,000 

  • Three complimentary registrations
  • Conference website recognition
  • Highlighted in conference press releases and opening session
  • Logo on all promos, signage, and emails
  • Opportunity to provide social media content including videos, partnership messaging and resource links
  • Full page advertisement in program
  • One exhibitor booth

Gold $5,000

  • Two complimentary registrations
  • Conference website recognition
  • Highlighted in conference press releases and opening session
  • Logo on all promos, signage, and emails
  • Opportunity to provide social media content including videos, partnership messaging and resource links
  • Half page advertisement in program
  • One exhibitor booth

Silver $2,500

  • One complimentary registration
  • Conference website recognition
  • Included in conference press releases
  • Logo on all promos & signage
  • Social media & website recognition
  • Quarter page advertisement in program
  • One exhibitor booth

Bronze $1,000

  • Logo on conference website & signage
  • Social media & website recognition
  • Business card size advertisement in program

Supporter $500

  • Logo on conference website & signage
  • Website recognition
  • Business listing in program
What if I have a sponsor question or need help registering as a sponsor?

Sponsors can contact Frank Meeuwis with The Arc Tennessee by calling 800-835-7077 (x023) or emailing fmeeuwis@thearctn.org. Be sure to leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

Exhibitor Questions
How can I apply to be an exhibitor for the 2024 Bridge to Success Conference?

Find additional information about becoming an exhibitor and the application to sign-up here. 

How much is an exhibitor booth for the conference?

Booths are $500 ($375 for non-profits). Booths are included for Platinum, Gold, and Silver sponsors.  

What is included with my booth for the conference?

Your booth includes a table, your organization’s name on the map of exhibitors, and a reusable conference bag. 

What if I have exhibitor questions or need help registering as an exhibitor?

Exhibitors can contact Breanna Atwell with The Arc Tennessee by calling 800-835-7077 (ext. 327) or emailing batwell@thearctn.org. If calling, be sure to leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

Volunteer Questions
How do I volunteer for the 2024 Bridge to Success Conference?

You can find out more and sign up to volunteer here

Is there an age requirement to be a volunteer?

All volunteers must be at least 18 years or older.   

What is the time commitment for volunteering?

We ask all volunteers to commit to 2+ service hours at a time. 

Do I need a background check to volunteer?

Yes, all volunteers must submit to a federal background check.

What will I do as a volunteer for the conference?

There are several areas in which we need volunteers to help with the conference including:

  • Registration Desk – Assist individuals and families with checking-in for the conference. Volunteers help answer general questions, direct attendees to specific room locations, and notify staff of any additional accommodations that may be needed.
  • Room Facilitator – Each facilitator assists with introducing the speaker, distributing/collecting session evaluations, authorizing continuing education units and other duties as assigned. There is a room facilitator for each session.
  • Materials and set-up – Throughout the conference, support is needed in delivering/collecting materials, assisting with room set-up, helping volunteers check in & out, moving visual aids, and greeting attendees.
What if I have volunteer questions or need help registering as a volunteer?

Volunteers can contact Hal Baker with The Arc Tennessee by calling 800-835-7077 (ext. 307) or emailing hbaker@thearctn.org. If calling, be sure to leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

Stipend Questions
What if I want to apply for a stipend to attend the 2024 Bridge to Success Conference?

Stipends are available for self-advocates and their support staff/families wishing to attend the 2024 Bridge to Success Conference. The Stipend Application is available and can be found here.   

What is the deadline to apply for a stipend for the conference?

Stipend applications should be completed by February 2, 2024.

Can I sign up my family members for a stipend?

Stipend awards will be limited to two per family. A separate application is required for each person applying for a stipend. Completing the stipend application pre-registers you for the conference. If you are awarded a stipend, you will not need to complete an additional application.

When will I hear back if I got a stipend?

All stipend applicants will be notified by email no later than March 1, 2024. If you have not received an email by then, please check your email spam folder before contacting us at bridgetosuccesstn@thearctn.org. 

Is there a cost associated with the stipend application?

All stipend applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable $25.00 stipend processing fee. This will allow us to continue to help more people attend the conference. You will have an option to pay by credit card or mail payment within 7 days of application. If the processing fee is not received within 7 days, the application and registration will be cancelled.

Is a hotel room included with my stipend?
Room assistance (lodging) will be for a maximum of 1 night and will only be offered to applicants who live more than 60 miles from the conference location. If staying at the hotel, a room reservation will be made for you once your stipend is approved. You will be notified of your room and confirmation number before the conference.
Is my stipend transferable to someone else?

Stipends are not transferable.

Can I request a specific roommate with my stipend?
We will do our best to accommodate roommate requests, but requests are not guaranteed.
What if I want to stay at the Marriott longer than the one night covered by my stipend?
If you wish to stay longer, you may make reservations by calling Franklin Marriott Cool Springs at (615) 261-6100 and pay the hotel expenses for any additional nights.
What if I have other stipend questions?

Attendees can contact Ingrid Moody with The Arc Tennessee by calling 800-835-7077 (ext. 022) or emailing imoody@thearctn.org If calling, be sure to leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

Thursday Night Entrepreneur Expo Questions
What is the Entrepreneur Expo?

The Entrepreneur Expo is being hosted by People First Tennessee and The Arc TN. It will showcase self-advocates who have started their own business and/or sell their products. It will take place at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs in the Carothers Room from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Thursday, April 4th. There will be light snacks provided.

Does it cost to attend? Do I need to register to attend?
Attendance at the event is free. Please mark on your registration form that you plan to attend.
Who is invited to attend the Entrepreneur Expo?
All conference guests and self-advocates are invited to attend. There will be educators, self-advocates, and families from across the state of Tennessee attending. This will be a great opportunity for all attendees to see the wonderful things self-advocates are doing in Tennessee and to hear ways to support others with IDD that want to work or start their own business.
How can I sign up to be one of the entrepreneurs featured at the expo?

If you are interested in being one of the entrepreneurs featured, please complete the interest form here. There is a $10 registration fee for entrepreneurs to secure your spot and spots are limited. Once you register, we will send you additional information about the event. 

What if I have Entrepreneur Expo questions or need help registering as an entrepreneur?

Entrepreneurs can contact Heather Henderson with The Arc Tennessee by calling 800-835-7077 (ext. 315) or emailing hhenderson@thearctn.org. If calling, be sure to leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

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Email: bridgetosuccesstn@thearctn.org

Webpage: BridgetoSuccessTN.org

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