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Meeting the Moment: The 2021 ANCOR Annual Conference

If the COVID-19 pandemic has proven anything, it’s that community providers will rise to even the most unthinkable occasions. Resilient, tenacious and inspiring, there’s no telling what providers won’t do to meet the moment.

Now, as clouds of uncertainty give way to glimmers of hope, the 2021 ANCOR Annual Conference is perfectly timed to meet this new moment. Join the nation’s leading community of I/DD providers and advocates for our largest virtual gathering yet, as we celebrate the achievements of our past and blaze a new path forward for our community.

No matter what challenges come our way, we can ensure everyone in our country has the options and resources they need to live, work and thrive in the community. After all, meeting the moment is what we do best.

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The ANCOR Annual Conference is the nation’s premiere gathering of providers of long-term supports and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and those who are dedicated to providers’ success. This year’s Conference, Meeting the Moment, invites you and your peers to:

  • Learn from one another about pressing challenges and emerging innovations in our current environment.
  • Share best practices that enable providers to support more people with high-quality services.
  • Connect with leaders, up-and-comers and newcomers to the field.
  • Advance our shared vision for inclusive, resilient communities.

What Does it Cost to Register?

Your ANCOR Annual Conference registration gets you access to the full array of live and on-demand sessions, as well as peer-to-peer information-sharing and networking opportunities, along with access to dozens of leading providers of products and services that support the I/DD field in our Virtual Exhibit Hall.

As always, members get exclusive access to discounted registration, and you can lock in our lowest rates by registering early.**

 Early Bird, Standard, and Late Bird Registration

**Not a member but interested in joining the ANCOR community? Contact Gabrielle Sedor by email.

Special Pricing for Self-Advocates & Their Family Members: Self-advocates and their family members who do not work for a provider agency are eligible to register for the 2021 ANCOR Annual Conference at deeply discounted rates. Email [email protected] for pricing and to learn more.

Cancellation Policy: Registrations cancelled on or before June 4, 2021 will be fully refunded, less a $150 processing fee. No refunds will be issued after June 4, 2021.

Substitution Policy: All registrations are permitted one substitution at no cost, provided the substitution is requested before 11:59 pm PDT on Friday, June 4. Substitutions must for another employee of your organization; you may not substitute an employee of another organization in your place. Please note that subsequent substitution requests after the first one will be subject to a $150 processing fee. Starting June 5, no substitutions will be processed. 

Begin Your Registration

To begin your registration, select one of the links below. You will be asked to log into your ANCOR account using your email address and previously established password. If you do not yet have an ANCOR account, you will have the option to create one before completing your registration.

Register Yourself | Register Others

 

Modify Your Registration

If you have already registered for the Conference and need to modify your registration, click on the link below. You will be asked to log into your ANCOR account using your email address and previously established password.

Modify Your Registration

 

Questions?

We’re here to help! Reach out by email or call 703.535.7850.

Conference Schedule

Monday, June 14

Breakout Sessions
11 am-12 pm
  • Beyond the Concept Phase: Year 1 of LADD's Smart Living Pilot
  • Leading During a Pandemic: Lessons Learned
  • Teaching Citizenship and Social Skills
General Session
12-1:30 pm
  • An Essential Workforce Meeting the Moment: Honoring the 2021 Direct Support Professionals of the Year​
Breakout Sessions
2-3 pm
  • Ladders to Top-Tier Careers: Pathfinder Village's DSP Certification Program 
  • Nonprofit Mergers: Not a Four-Letter Word
  • Using Data to Address Key Challenges in the Direct Support Workforce
Breakout Sessions
3:30-4:30 pm
  • Making Your Vote Count: Civic Engagement, Political Participation and Lessons Learned from 2020
  • Technology Supports and Services in the 21st Century
  • The Nine Transformational Competencies Needed By Today's Nonprofit Leaders

Tuesday, June 15

Breakout Sessions
11 am-12 pm
  • Expecting the Unexpected: Emergency Preparedness in the Post-Pandemic World
  • Improving Employment Outcomes Through the National Expansion of Employment Opportunities Network (NEON)
General Session
12-1:30 pm
  • State of the Association Address + Panel Discussion: Supporting the Transition to a Meaningful Day
General Session
2-2:30 pm
  • Keynote: Moving from Color-Blindness to Racial Consciousness
Breakout Sessions
3-4 pm
  • Applied Behavior Analysis: Forging a Path for Everyone
  • Recognition, Supervision & Career Advancement: Results from the 2021 National DSP Survey
  • Silence is a Statement: Understanding Race in the Workplace (Note: This is an extended interactive session that ends at 4:30 pm.)

Wednesday, June 16

Breakout Sessions
11 am-12 pm
  • Alternative Payment Models in Managed Long-Term Supports & Services
  • Building Innovative Supports and Fostering Community Engagement: Making Supports Fun!
  • DSP Academy: Building a Truly Inclusive Workforce
General Session
12-1 pm
  • Keynote: Meeting the Moment by Leading the Last 8%
Breakout Sessions
1:30-2:30 pm
  • Evolving Towards Equity: Progressive Strategic Planning & Change Management
  • Onboarding Hope: Putting the P in DSP
  • Promising Practices in Coordinated Care Models
General Session
3-3:30 pm
  • A Strong Foundation for Meeting the Moment: Awards & Recognition from the ANCOR Foundation
Breakout Sessions
3:30-4:30 pm
  • Equally Alive: Collaborating to Improve Supports for People with Complex Needs
  • It's All About Outcomes, But Quality Measures Are Key!
  • Transforming Our Workforce through the Regional Centers Model

Meeting the demands of the current moment means adapting in all kinds of ways, and adapting the ANCOR Annual Conference for a virtual format is no exception! We’re working hard to ensure that you enjoy a rewarding Conference experience, full of the many learning and networking opportunities you’ve come to expect from your national association.

Core Conference programming, including live and on-demand sessions, networking opportunities and access to Exhibitors’ live office hours, will take place between 11 am and 5 pm EDT on the three Conference days (Monday-Wednesday, June 14-16). Select short talks will be made available as soon as the virtual event platform goes live, with new releases leading up to and throughout the Conference. Additionally, select networking and peer-to-peer information-sharing opportunities may be offered outside of core Conference hours (before 11 am EDT or after 5 pm EDT) to accommodate participants in different time zones. Following the Conference, the virtual event platform—including access to on-demand sessions and recordings of sessions broadcast live—will be available for 30 days, until July 15.

Your Conference registration unlocks full access to the suite of programming tailored especially for the I/DD community. This year, we're offering four types of sessions.

General Sessions

Our keynote speakers and live panel discussions will address our association’s most important topics relevant to all Conference participants eager to meet this moment and look forward to the future.

Browse General Sessions

 

Breakout Sessions

These 60-minute deep-dives offer the insights you’ve come to expect from the ANCOR Annual Conference, in an up-close-and-personal format made possible by our virtual world. Can’t cram it all in with just three days together? Not a problem! These sessions will be available on-demand to be viewed at your convenience.

Browse Breakout Sessions

 

Short Talks

Long on inspiration and short on time, these 15-minute(ish) on-demand sessions pack big ideas in small packages and highlight many of ANCOR’s closest partners and allies.

Browse Short Talks

 

Awards Presentations

What's the ANCOR Annual Conference without some celebration? Join us as we honor some of the year's most inspiring leaders!

Browse Awards Presentations

 

Networking Breaks

Meeting the Moment means coming together, and this year's Annual Conference is the perfect opportunity for our community to come together (virtually, of course!). Whether it's to discuss some of the most pressing topics covered during the Conference or to catch up with old friends over a cocktail, we hope you'll make time to take advantage of each of the types of networking breaks we have in store for you.

Browse Networking Breaks

Sponsors

ANCOR extends its deep gratitude to the diverse array of Diamond, Platinum and Gold Partners, as well as Conference Sponsor CARF, for their generous support of the 2021 ANCOR Annual Conference. Please be sure to stop by the Virtual Exhibit Hall to connect with many of these incredible providers of products and services that strengthen the field of I/DD supports.

A limited number of additional a la carte sponsorship opportunities are available. To learn more about these opportunities, please contact Kate McNulty, Director of Business Development, via email. You can also support the ANCOR Annual Conference by becoming an Exhibitor; see below for more details.

Exhibitors

The deadline to request an exhibit booth has passed, although there may be limited sponsorship opportunities available. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact us at [email protected].

Already registered to exhibit and looking for more information? Visit the Exhibitor Service Center.

ANCOR extends its deep gratitude to the diverse array of organizations that will be exhibiting at the 2021 ANCOR Annual Experience—their support is key to our ability to deliver a robust Conference experience! Be sure to visit the following exhibitors during the Conference to learn more about how their products and services can help your organization meet the moment.

Afia, Inc.

ANCOR Foundation

Annandale Village

CapGrow Partners

Castle Benefits Consulting Group

CIL

Direct Care Innovations (DCI)

DocuMentor

enkompas BI, LLC

eVero Corporation

Foothold Technology

GoodLife Innovations

Greenwich Biosciences

Guardian Pharmacy Services

IntellectAbility

Irwin Siegel Agency

MediSked

MITC

My25, Powered by Mainstay

NFP

OnTarget

Pharmacy Alternatives by PharMerica

PMF

Relias

Sandata

Scioto Properties

SETWorks

SimplyHome

StationMD

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Tarrytown Expocare Pharmacy

The MENTOR Network

Therap Services

TMP

Vertess

Welligent, Part of the Continuum Cloud

 

This section includes answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding ANCOR’s 2021 Annual Conference. Have a question you don’t see answered here? Reach out to us via email at [email protected].

General Questions

Where and when is the 2021 ANCOR Annual Conference?

The 2021 ANCOR Annual Conference: Meeting the Moment will be held virtually on June 14, 15 and 16.

What is the ANCOR Annual Conference all about?

The ANCOR Annual Conference is our nation’s premiere gathering of providers of long-term supports and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and those who are dedicated to providers’ success. With 600+ participants each year, the ANCOR Annual Conference convenes you and your peers to:

  • Learn from one another about pressing challenges and emerging innovations.
  • Share best practices that enable providers to support more people with high-quality services.
  • Connect with leaders, up-and-comers and newcomers to the field.
  • Advance our shared vision for fully inclusive communities.

Who attends the ANCOR Annual Conference?

All staff from I/DD provider agencies are welcome and encouraged to attend ANCOR’s Annual Conference, including:

  • Executive leaders
  • Program directors & program managers
  • Frontline supervisors
  • Direct support professionals
  • Care coordinators & support coordinators
  • Nurses & other clinical staff
  • Administrative support staff
  • Board members

In addition to staff from provider agencies, the ANCOR Annual Conference draws a diverse range of other participants, including:

  • Self-advocates & other individuals with I/DD
  • Family members of individuals with I/DD
  • Researchers
  • Federal, state and local policymakers & regulators
  • Corporations offering products & services used by I/DD providers
  • At-large members of the disability advocacy community

Given the diverse range of Annual Conference participants, there’s something for everyone—including YOU!

How does ANCOR host the Annual Conference virtually?

Conference registrants will receive instructions for how to access and log into the event platform, and once logged in, you’ll be able to view sessions, network with other Annual Conference participants, connect with our diverse slate of Sponsors and Exhibitors, and more.

What does it cost to attend?

Deeply discounted registration is available to ANCOR members. Self-advocates and their family members who are unaffiliated with a provider organization are also welcome to participate in the Conference at deeply discounted rates. Self-advocates and their family members should contact [email protected] for more information.

Are there scholarships for people with disabilities to attend the Conference?

No. However, if you are a self-advocate who is not employed by an organization that provides services or supports for people with disabilities, discounted registration rates are available. Standard cancellation, substitution and refund policies and deadlines apply. Please contact [email protected] to learn more.

Is there a discounted rate for family members of people with disabilities to participate in the Conference?

If you are a family member or primary caregiver of a person with a disability, and you are not employed by an organization that provides services or supports for people with disabilities, discounted registration rates are available. Standard cancellation, substitution and refund policies, and deadlines apply. Please contact [email protected] to learn more.

What does my registration include?

Virtual participants will receive full access to all content delivered through our virtual event platform. This includes:

  • Real-time access to all mainstage programming (i.e., Plenary Sessions/Keynote Presentations).
  • Access to more than a dozen live and on-demand breakout sessions.
  • Access to a wide variety of Short Talks from our field’s leading speakers and vendors.
  • Virtual peer-to-peer information-sharing sessions, networking breaks and receptions.
  • The opportunity to connect with more than three dozen Exhibitors in our Virtual Exhibit Hall.

In addition, recordings of mainstage programming and breakout sessions will be made available to virtual participants after the conclusion of the Conference.

What is the registration deadline? Is there an early bird rate?

Early bird discounts are available to Conference participants that register before 11:59 pm PDT on Thursday, April 15. Standard registration pricing begins on April 16 and expires at 11:59 pm PDT on Friday, June 4. Registrations on or after June 5 will incur a $75 “late bird” charge. Visit the Registration tab of the Conference website to learn more.

What is expected of me as a participant of the 2021 ANCOR Annual Conference?

By registering to participate in the 2021 ANCOR Annual Conference, you acknowledge that you have read and will abide by the 2021 ANCOR Annual Conference Code of Conduct.

Refunds, Substitutions & Cancellations

I can no longer attend. Can I get a refund?

If you can no longer attend, we invite you to request one no-cost substitution; doing so will allow you to substitute another employee of your organization so they can fully participate in the Conference in your place. Second and subsequent substitution requests will incur a $150 processing fee per transaction. If you cannot substitute your registration, you are entitled to a full refund, less a $150 administrative fee, if you submit your request by 11:59 pm PDT on Friday, June 4. Starting June 5, no substitutions or cancellations will be permitted. To request a substitution or refund, please email [email protected] before 11:59 pm PDT on Friday, June 4.

I can no longer attend. Can another member of my organization’s staff attend in my place?

Yes! All registrations are permitted one substitution at no cost, provided the substitution is requested before 11:59 pm PDT on Friday, June 4. Substitutions must for another employee of your organization; you may not substitute an employee of another organization in your place. Please note that subsequent substitution requests after the first one will be subject to a $150 processing fee.

Sponsors & Exhibitors

Who exhibits at the ANCOR Annual Conference?

The ANCOR Annual Conference is the premiere gathering of community-based I/DD service providers and the community of practitioners that support these providers. The organizations that exhibit at the ANCOR Annual Conference offer products and services that are relevant to leaders at all levels of the organizations that comprise the Conference audience. Featured exhibitors each year include ANCOR’s Diamond, Platinum and Gold Partners. Nonprofit, for-profit and academic organizations are all welcome to exhibit at the Conference.

What does it cost to exhibit at the ANCOR Annual Conference?

The price to exhibit includes one standard Virtual Exhibit Booth and one complimentary Conference registration for the person who will staff the exhibit. Visit the Sponsors & Exhibitors tab of the Conference website for specific pricing information.

Are there opportunities, besides exhibiting, to sponsor the ANCOR Annual Conference?

Yes! A limited number of additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please contact Kate McNulty, Director of Business Development, via email.

Session Proposals

How does ANCOR decide which sessions it will offer at the Annual Conference?

Session offerings are developed based on a combination of input from ANCOR staff and members of its Professional & Organizational Development Committee, along with submissions received through our Call for Sessions process (typically, sessions are accepted in the late fall prior to the Annual Conference; for example, the submission deadline for the 2021 Annual Conference was in early December 2020).

I submitted a proposal, but I haven’t yet heard whether it has been accepted. When will I hear?

Session proposals submitted in the fall of 2020 will be evaluated in the first quarter of 2021, and we anticipate sending notifications by April 1, 2021.

Miscellaneous/Other

I need accommodations in order to be able to fully participate in the ANCOR Annual Conference. How and when should I request such accommodations?

ANCOR is committed to ensuring a fully inclusive experience for members of our community. As part of our commitment, CART services will be provided for mainstage sessions. Additionally, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for all participants that need them. If you need captioning services in sessions other than mainstage sessions, and/or if you need other accommodations to fully participate in the Conference, please send us an email as soon as possible and no later than 11:59 pm PDT on Friday, May 28.

Can I receive continuing education credits for attending?

ANCOR is happy to provide certificates of attendance upon request. Information about how to request a certificate of attendance will be made available during the Conference.

What other conferences offered by ANCOR are available to me?

In addition to the ANCOR Annual Conference, ANCOR also offers its annual Policy Summit & Hill Day; this year’s Policy Summit will take place October 12-13, 2021, in Washington, DC. Additionally, we offer a range of webinars and other virtual professional development opportunities throughout the year. Visit our Training & Events page for more information.

I won a 2021 Direct Support Professional of the Year Award. How will I receive my award?

A member of the ANCOR staff will be in touch with the person who nominated you for your award to coordinate the shipping of your award, typically either directly to your home or to the business address of the person who completed your nomination. Please check with the person responsible for your nomination to identify how you will receive your award.

I have a question that’s not answered here. What should I do?

Please feel free to reach out at any time by emailing [email protected].