September 26 – 29, 2018

               Holiday Inn Inner Harbor – Baltimore, Maryland




Conference Keynotes

Peter Stastny, M.D.

Critical psychiatrist, academic, researcher and film maker, peer service innovator

and long time ally of the mad movement

Critical elements of rights-based supports for individuals experiencing significant emotional distress: a call to action


Julie Zito, Ph.D.

Professor of Pharmacy and Psychiatry, University of Maryland

Expert on psychiatric drugs


Robert Dinerstein, J.D.

American University's Washington College of Law

Author, Director of the Disability Rights Law Clinic:

Significant Developments in Mental Health Law – 2018


Susan Stefan, J.D.

Author, legal scholar, & internationally recognized disability law expert

Not a Siege But a March: Hope and Priorities in 2018


Victoria Bernard

Advocacy Unlimited, Join Rise Be; Young Adult Warmline Coordinator


Nyamuon Nguany Machar

Regional Coordinator, Youth Move Maine

Trauma Translated


Jan Costello, J.D.

Professor of Law at Loyola Law School

Expert on Disability, Youth and Family law


And a pre-release screening of the film 55 Steps

And a great line-up of workshops emphasizing NARPA’s mission of advocacy and civil rights from a faculty of well-known advocates, activists, and attorneys from the disability rights community, including: Paula Caplan, Ph.D., Jennifer Mathis, J.D., William Brooks, J.D., Sera Davidow, Kathy Flaherty, J.D.,  Darby Penney, M.L.S., Dennis Feld, J.D., Caroline Mazel-Carlton, Kate Nemens, J.D., Arthur Baer, J.D., Aaryce Hayes, L.C.S.W., Ann Rider, M.S.W., Eva Dech, Mark Joyce, J.D., Sarah Knutson, Thomas Hicks, Betsy Sterling, J.D., Luciene Parsley, J.D., Noel Hunter, Ph.D., Steve Stone M.A., Bill Stewart, M.A., Tom Behrendt, J.D., Celia Brown, Amy Smith, Steve Stone, M.A., Lauren Tenney, Ph.D., M.Phil., M.P.A., Michael Recco, J.D., Anthony May, J.D., Debra Gardner, J.D., Joshua Rosenthal, J.D., Lauren Young, J.D., Maura M. Klugman, J.D., Jim Wright, Michael Pinard, J.D., Renuka Rege, J.D., and Megan Berger, J.D., the keynote speakers, and others.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) certificates will be available; Social Work CEUs applied for.