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].
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
- 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.
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.
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].