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ANCOR activities include a broad spectrum of services, events and partnered activities.

ANCOR establishes partnerships and alliances that advance its vision and mission. To that end ANCOR is an active member of numerous national alliances and coalitions with national affiliated organizations. We have also established preferred status contractual relationships with consultants and vendors who offer products of service of direct benefit to ANCOR members.

Liaison: Barbara Merrill, CEO, ANCOR; Member, Allies for Independence Board


Allies for Independence is a national advocacy organization dedicated to the implementation of a strong, vital, and accessible long-term services and supports system.

CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services. CARF’s reputation is founded on four things:

  • Its unique peer review accreditation model, which includes a consultative survey and field-driven standards.
  • Its business practice standards, called the ASPIRE to Excellence® framework, which add value by helping create best practices using proven systems and approaches.
  • Its core values around keeping services person-centered.
  • Its strong emphasis on continuous quality improvement in outcomes for persons served.

ANCOR is a longstanding member of CARF’s International Advisory Council. It provides guidance and input into standards development and the accreditation process and also provides insight on issues affecting the field.

This is a coalition of over 25 national organizations, led by the Collaboration to Promote Self Determination (CPSD) and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), have joined together to make sure that the right to CIE is advanced and promoted.

Liaisons: Esme Grewal, Vice President of Government Relations, ANCOR and co-chair of the CCD Employment and Training Task Force; and Sarah Meek, Director of Legislative Affairs, ANCOR; CCD Board member and co-chair of the Financial Security and LTSS Task Forces.


A coalition of over 100 disability organizations working together to advocate national policy that ensures self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion for people with disabilities into all aspects of society.

Liaison: Barbara Merrill, CEO, ANCOR; CQL Board member


For over 45 years, CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership has demonstrated international leadership in designing progressive practices in supports and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, those with mental health diagnoses, older adults, and children and youth. CQL is an international non-profit, virtual organization dedicated to the definition, measurement, and improvement of personal quality of life. CQL provides accreditation, training, certification, data management, and customized consultation to human service organizations and systems that share our vision of dignity, opportunity, and community for all people.

ANCOR and CQL have partnered to enhance the quality of supports provided by human service organizations, and the quality of life for people receiving those supports. This new collaboration provides ANCOR members with a 5% discount on core CQL services, including CQL Accreditation, CQL Training, and CQL Certification. In addition to core services, this partnership also offers organizations a 5% discount on customized consultation. Learn more.

Known as the Disability and Aging Collaborative, the coalition formed during health reform and was one of the first coordinated advocacy efforts among the aging and disability communities on long-term services and supports.

The coalition is now focused primarily on enhancing access to home and community-based services (HCBS), rebalancing, and ensuring consumer engagement, protections, and quality in duals integration and managed long-term services and supports (LTSS).

The HCBS Advocacy Coalition includes sixteen national organizations and strongly supports implementation of the HCBS Settings Rule because it is a vital part of the broader effort to promote community integration for people with disabilities.

The HCBS Advocacy Coalition supports the full inclusion of people with disabilities and aging populations in the community. The Coalition works collaboratively to help states fully comply with the HCBS Settings Rules and assist stakeholders in understanding the rule.

Liaison: Gabrielle Sedor, Chief Operations Officer and Foundation Director, ANCOR; NADSP Board member and co-chair of Policy Committee


A coalition of organizations and individuals working to improve the skills and abilities of direct care professionals. Alliance member organizations represent the broad spectrum of interests affected by the role of direct support professionals.

A partnership of national developmental disabilities organizations. The Consortium offers intensive week-long leadership institutes, short-term learning opportunities relevant to nonprofit leadership and management, mentoring programs, both undergraduate- and graduate-level campus-based programs, and a resource-rich website all aimed at improving the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Liaison: Barbara Merrill, CEO, ANCOR; RISP Advisory Board member


The Residential Information Systems Project (RISP) is a longitudinal study of long-term supports and services (LTSS) that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) receive. An annual survey of state IDD agencies is used to gather information about the settings in which LTSS recipients live, federal and state funding mechanisms used, residential setting type and size, age of recipients, and expenditures. A technical report is published annually describing the data from the most recent state fiscal year.

A diverse coalition of hundreds of organizations united by a common concern about toxic chemicals in our homes, workplaces, schools and products we use every day.

Liaison: Esme Grewal, Vice President of Government Relations, ANCOR; State of the States Advisory Board member


Administered by the University of Colorado, and funded in part by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the State of the States, the State of the States Project has established a 39-year record of revenue, spending, and programmatic trends in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the United States as a whole.