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ELEVATE: The 2022 ANCOR Annual Conference

For more than 50 years, ANCOR members have lifted up people and communities, reaching for new heights to show what’s possible when we believe in the promise of community inclusion for people of all abilities. As we begin to write the next half-century of our community’s story, it’s time to reach higher, dream bigger and be bolder as we work to take community-based supports to the next level.

After two long years of connecting virtually, we're thrilled to finally bring our community together for this hybrid Conference experience! Our 2022 Conference theme, ELEVATE, recognizes the many ways in which we've risen to unforeseen occasions in the past two years and the myriad ways we will take community-based I/DD services to the next level.

Bigger and stronger than ever before, the ANCOR community will come together for three days to elevate our past, our present, our future. Whether you join us on Florida's Gold Coast or choose to participate virtually, we'll come together to celebrate our community's accomplishments, to lift up what works when it comes to solving some of today's most pressing challenges, and to elevate our shared vision for a truly inclusive future. Together with you, we look forward to celebrating—and elevating—during ANCOR’s 2022 Annual Conference, April 11-13 in beautiful Miami, Florida!

Who Attends?

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!

Explore Past Annual Conferences

Curious about what the ANCOR Annual Conference has offered in the past? Explore the programs from our most recent Annual Conferences:

Questions?

Email [email protected]

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 colleagues 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.

Experience ‘Elevate’ Two Ways

We’re beyond thrilled that it’s finally safe to gather again in person, but we also recognize that not everyone is ready to travel just yet. Our commitment to ensuring the safest possible Annual Conference experience while making the event accessible to as many who want to participate means we’re offering two Conference experiences this year. Participate in Elevate: The 2022 ANCOR Annual Conference face-to-face in Miami, or virtually from wherever you’re most comfortable!

Face-to-Face Event

Your registration for the in-person Annual Conference includes full access to the entire array of activities on offer at the Hilton Miami Downtown on April 11-13, including:

  • Several keynote presentations and plenary sessions
  • 30+ breakout sessions
  • The presentation of the 2022 Direct Support Professional of the Year Awards
  • Multiple networking receptions and events
  • The chance to connect with 50 leading companies in the Exhibitor Lounge

Virtual Event

Your registration for the virtual Annual Conference includes:

  • Live and on-demand access to all keynote presentations and plenary sessions
  • A limited selection of breakout sessions, with our top sessions curated especially for virtual participants
  • The presentation of the 2022 Direct Support Professional of the Year Awards
  • Dedicated time to network with other virtual Conference participants
  • The opportunity to set up times to connect one-on-one with the 50 leading companies that will be exhibiting at the face-to-face event

What Does it Cost to Register?

Whether you participate face-to-face or virtually, ANCOR members always receive the deeply discounted rates, and participants who register early save even more. And, back by popular demand, we’re offering rock-bottom prices for direct support professionals who want to:

Registration Pricing: Face-to-Face Event

Registration Pricing: Virtual Event

Direct Support Professionals

Special programming for DSPs is offered at the ANCOR Annual Conference, including the presentation of the 2022 Direct Support Professional of the Year Awards. DSP registrations cost $99 each, regardless of whether participating face-to-face or virtually and regardless of when the registration is completed. DSP registrations include full access to all of the programming included with the chosen format (i.e., face-to-face or virtual). Visit the DSPs tab to register at the deeply discounted rate.

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

Already Registered?

If you have already registered for the Conference and need to modify your registration, including adding Pre-Conference Sessions, 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


Cancellation, Substitution & Transfer Policies

Cancellations: Registrations canceled on or before March 25, 2022, will be fully refunded, less a $100 administrative fee. No refunds will be issued on or after March 26, 2022.

Substitutions: All registrants are entitled to one no-cost substitution provided that (1) the substitution request is submitted in writing via email to [email protected] no later than 11:59 pm PST on March 25, 2022, and (2) the registration is transferred to another employee of the original registrant’s organization. Registrants are not permitted to substitute someone from a different organization in their place. Subsequent substitutions after the first, as well as substitutions requested on or after March 26, 2022, will incur a $100 administrative fee.

Transfers: Registrants who have paid to participate in the face-to-face event who decide they want to participate virtually instead may transfer the format of their registration provided that the transfer request is submitted in writing via email to [email protected] no later than 11:59 pm PST on March 25, 2022. Requests to transfer from face-to-face to virtual submitted by the deadline will be eligible for a refund of the difference in registration costs, less a $100 administrative fee. Pricing for the newly transferred registration will be determined by the cost of registration on the date the transfer request is made. For example, an ANCOR member who registers for the in-person event at the early bird rate and then requests a transfer during the standard registration window will be refunded $200 ($799 member early bird rate - $449 member standard rate - $100 administrative fee).

Registrants who have paid to participate in the virtual event who decide they want to participate face-to-face instead may transfer the format of their registration provided that the transfer request is submitted in writing via email to [email protected] no later than 11:59 pm PST on March 25, 2022. Requests to transfer from virtual to face-to-face submitted by the deadline will be charged the difference in registration costs to the registrant’s original payment method. Pricing for the newly transferred registration will be determined by the cost of registration on the date the transfer request is made. For example, an ANCOR member who registers for the virtual event at the early bird rate and then requests a transfer during the standard registration window will be charged $500 in addition to the amount already paid ($899 member standard rate - $399 previously paid member early bird rate).

Questions?

We’re here to help! Email conferenc[email protected] or call 703.535.7850.

Hotel Information

Hilton Miami Downtown

1601 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132
305.374.0000

Discounted ANCOR room rate: $209/night + applicable taxes (for single or double occupancy)

We’re pleased once again to be back at the Hilton Miami Downtown, which has stunning panoramic views of Biscayne Bay. This full-service business class hotel is located in downtown Miami, minutes from South Beach, the Wynwood Arts District and the Design District of Miami. To reserve a hotel room under ANCOR Room block at the discounted rate of $209 per room, per night, plus applicable taxes (for single or double occupancy), book using this link. If you have any problems booking, contact Jerri McCandless via email.


Air Travel

The nearest airport to the Conference venue is Miami International Airport (MIA). MIA is a 20-25 minute drive to the Hilton Miami Downtown, and both taxi and rideshare services are available. A one-way ride using a rideshare service like Uber of Lyft typically costs $25-30.

Conference participants may also choose to fly into Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL), which is a little further away in neighboring Broward County. FLL is roughly 45-50 minutes by car from the Hilton Miami Downtown. Taxi and rideshare services are available; a one-way ride using a rideshare service like Uber or Lyft typically costs $70-75.

At-a-Glance Agenda

Schedule subject to change

MONDAY, APRIL 11

Registration Open
9 am-5 pm

Leadership Meetings
9 am-4 pm

Pre-Conference Sessions (space is limited; requires pre-registration)
1-4 pm

Exhibits Open
1-5 pm

Opening Plenary
4-5:30 pm

Welcome Reception with Exhibitors
5:30-7 pm

TUESDAY, APRIL 12

Exhibits Open
8 am-5 pm

Registration Open
8 am-5 pm

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
8-9 am

Morning Plenary
9–10 am

Networking Break with Exhibitors
10–10:30 am

Concurrent Sessions 1
10:30–11:30 am

Lunch (on your own)
11:30 am–1 pm

Concurrent Sessions 2
1–2 pm

Networking Break with Exhibitors
2–2:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions 3
2:30–3:30 pm

Networking Break with Exhibitors
3:30–4 pm

Afternoon Plenary
4–5 pm

ANCOR Foundation Reception
5:30–7 pm

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13

Registration Open
8 am-4 pm

Continental Breakfast
8–9 am

Morning Plenary
9–10:15 am

Concurrent Sessions 4
10:30–11:30 am

Lunch (hosted)
11:45 am–12:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions 5
1–2 pm

Direct Support Professional of the Year Awards Presentation
2:15–4 pm

Closing Plenary
4-5 pm

DSP Award Recipients at the 2019 ANCOR Annual ConferenceANCOR is thrilled to elevate the status of our direct support workforce at our 2022 Annual Conference. Direct support professionals are critical to ensuring that people with disabilities can live, work and thrive in the community. To support their work and to further DSPs' professional growth and development, ANCOR is once again offering a deeply discounted registration rate for DSPs to participate in the nation's premiere gathering of I/DD thought-leaders.

Although we offer some sessions that are especially designed to be of interest to DSPs, we invite participating DSPs to take advantage of any and all Conference offerings to attend sessions that best fit their areas of interest. Of particular note, you won't want to miss the 2022 DSP of the Year Awards presentation, which will be held on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 13. We hope you will join us as we recognize and celebrate the dedication of our direct support professionals who go above and beyond to provide exemplary services for people we support!

Begin a DSP Registration

To begin your DSP 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

Already Registered?

If you have already registered for the Conference and need to modify your registration, including adding Pre-Conference Sessions, 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?

Email [email protected]

Sponsor the Conference

Want to know the best way to elevate the status of your products and services in front of the nation’s largest gathering of I/DD service providers? Sponsor ANCOR’s 2022 Annual Conference!

Elevate: The 2022 ANCOR Annual Conference will bring together chief executives, influential leaders and others with buying and decision-making power for three days of networking and learning, and becoming an exhibitor gives you exclusive access to the field’s leading voices.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please email Mariana Nork

Become an Exhibitor

Exhibiting at Elevate: The 2022 ANCOR Annual Conference is a perfect way to take awareness of your brand to the next level! This year's Conference will bring together chief executives, influential leaders and others with buying and decision-making power for three days of networking and learning, and becoming an exhibitor gives you exclusive access to the field’s leading voices.

What Does it Cost to Exhibit?

The price to exhibit includes one (1) six-foot table in the ANCOR Annual Conference Exhibitor Lounge and one (1) complimentary Conference registration for the person who will staff the exhibit table. Pricing depends on the type of organization you represent (i.e., nonprofit vs. for-profit) and when you complete your registration. See the table below for details.

How Do I Register as an Exhibitor?

Because space is limited, we recommend you reserve your space in the Exhibitor Lounge as soon as possible; we may sell out before the February 21 deadline. To register for an exhibit table, follow these steps:

  1. Complete the Exhibitor Request Form no later than 11:59 pm PST on February 11, 2022. This form will give us everything we need to understand whether your company is a good fit for our Conference participants, and makes it easy for us to help promote your participation in the Conference if approved.
  2. If your request is approved or wait-listed, you will receive an email from Mariana Nork with instructions on how to complete your registration. Follow the instructions in Mariana’s email to fill in any remaining details and pay your exhibit space fee. (NOTE: To be added to the wait list, you must pay your exhibit space fee; if we are unable to clear you from the wait list, we will refund the amount paid in full.)
  3. Get ready to network with the nation's leading gathering of community providers!

Begin Your Exhibitor Registration Today!

ANCOR remains committed to the health and safety of its members, friends and everyone who chooses to participate in our events.

To ensure the health and safety of all of our guests, we will be implementing the following precautions during the face-to-face experience for the 2022 ANCOR Annual Conference. By registering to participate in the face-to-face experience, you acknowledge and agree to abide by these protocols.

Vaccination Requirements: All participants who enter the Hilton Miami Downtown to participate in the 2022 ANCOR Annual Conference will be required to be able to show proof that either (a) they are fully vaccinated or (b) they have been tested for COVID-19 within 48 hours prior to the start of the ANCOR Annual Conference and the test result was negative. “Fully vaccinated” means (1) you have received the first dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine regimen in the past 12 months OR (2) you have received one dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine regimen in the past six months OR (3) you have received a third “booster” dose of any COVID-19 vaccine within the past six months.

Because you may be asked by ANCOR staff to demonstrate proof of vaccination status and/or negative COVID-19 test, please be prepared. To do so, you may:

  • Take a digital photograph of both sides of your personal vaccination record card and/or negative COVID-19 test result and store it on your phone.
  • Use an app-based service such as Clear or VaccineCheck to store proof of vaccination.
  • Provide any city/state authorized/approved digital vaccination verification.
  • Bring a printed copy of your personal vaccination record card and/or negative COVID-19 test result.

Face Coverings: All participants will be asked to wear a mask or other face covering at all times while participating in the event, except when actively eating or drinking.

Hand Hygiene: To facilitate the ability of ANCOR Annual Conference participants to practice good hand hygiene, we will be supplying all participants with hand sanitizer and/or will have hand sanitizing stations positioned throughout the Conference venue.

Enhanced Sanitation Measures: ANCOR is working actively—and will continue to work actively—with the staff of the Hilton Miami Downtown to ensure that enhanced sanitation measures are followed throughout the Conference venue and in guest rooms. These measures may include, but are not limited to, more frequent sanitizing of high-traffic surfaces such as table tops and registration counters, enhanced ventilation in Conference spaces, limited housekeeping services to minimize the number of hotel staff in guest rooms, etc.

Symptom Monitoring: We ask that participants elect not to participate in the face-to-face Conference experience if they are experiencing any illness or symptoms of suspected illness, or if they have been exposed to someone who contracted COVID-19 within the past 14 days.

Virtual Conference Experience: The hybrid format of the 2022 ANCOR Annual Conference has been designed precisely to ensure that everyone can participate, even if they are unwilling to get vaccinated, wear face coverings, or believe they may be sick or may have been in close contact with someone who is sick. Therefore, we ask anyone who is unable or unwilling to adhere to the protocols described above to participate in the 2022 ANCOR Annual Conference virtually.

Liability Waiver: By registering to attend the 2022 ANCOR Annual Conference in its face-to-face format, you acknowledge that:

  1. You have read and agree to abide by the protocols described on this webpage, as well as all other ANCOR health and safety policies protocols pertaining to or distinct from those outlined herein.
  2. You understand that ANCOR reserves the right to cancel, alter, or reschedule the 2022 ANCOR Annual Conference for any reason, including because ANCOR determines in its sole discretion that the Conference cannot be held as planned. For these reasons, registrants are advised against making non-refundable travel arrangements. Should you purchase non-refundable airline tickets or make non-refundable hotel reservations, you do so at your own risk.
  3. You assume all risks associated with, resulting from, or arising in connection with, attendance at and/or participation, in any capacity, in the Conference or any Conference-related activities, including, without limitation, all risks of theft, loss, harm, damage, illness or sickness (including those caused by known or unknown infectious or communicable disease such as COVID-19, H1N1, or other illness or sickness caused by bacteria, fungi, microorganisms or viruses), or injury to the person (including death) or property damage, whether caused by negligence, intentional act, accident, act of God, or otherwise, and whether occurring before, during or after the Conference. You further agree that neither ANCOR nor its agents, officers, directors, members, contractors or employees shall be liable for illness, sickness or injuries to the person (including death) or loss or damage to property resulting from, occurring at or arising out of the Conference or Conference-related activities, including but not limited to any education sessions presented in connection with the Conference, or for any indirect, incidental, consequential, special, punitive or exemplary damages. You further release and discharge such persons and entities from, and covenant not to sue such persons and entities with respect to, any and all risks, injuries, losses, damages and liabilities described herein.
  4. You agree that the maximum liability of ANCOR to you arising from your registration, participation, and attendance at the Conference shall be the return of your fees paid to ANCOR.

If you have any questions about these protocols or the steps ANCOR is taking to ensure your health and safety, please contact [email protected].

Hotel Information

Hilton Miami Downtown

1601 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132
305.374.0000

Discounted ANCOR room rate: $209/night + applicable taxes (for single or double occupancy)

We’re pleased once again to be back at the Hilton Miami Downtown, which has stunning panoramic views of Biscayne Bay. This full-service business class hotel is located in downtown Miami, minutes from South Beach, the Wynwood Arts District and the Design District of Miami. To reserve a hotel room under ANCOR Room block at the discounted rate of $209 per room, per night, plus applicable taxes (for single or double occupancy), book using this link. If you have any problems booking, contact Jerri McCandless via email.


Air Travel

The nearest airport to the Conference venue is Miami International Airport (MIA). MIA is a 20-25 minute drive to the Hilton Miami Downtown, and both taxi and rideshare services are available. A one-way ride using a rideshare service like Uber of Lyft typically costs $25-30.

Conference participants may also choose to fly into Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL), which is a little further away in neighboring Broward County. FLL is roughly 45-50 minutes by car from the Hilton Miami Downtown. Taxi and rideshare services are available; a one-way ride using a rideshare service like Uber or Lyft typically costs $70-75.