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Call for Proposals: 2022 Educational Programming

ANCOR is accepting session proposals in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) for its 2022 Educational programming for its conference and webinars.

We invite I/DD agency executives, operations and program managers, case managers, DSPs, business partners, researchers, policymakers, self-advocates and family members to share lessons learned, evidence-based results, replicable approaches, and practical tools to advance the ability of I/DD service providers to more effectively support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to fully participate in their communities.

Proposals are due no later than 11:59 pm PST on Friday, November 12, 2021.


Presentation Dates

  • Sessions for the 2022 Annual Conference will be presented between April 11-13, 2022, in Miami, Florida. Note: ANCOR continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and will make adjustments regarding the 2022 Annual Conference as appropriate. Annual Conference presenters should be able to deliver presentations in both live and virtual formats in accordance with our contingency plans.
  • Presentations for webinars will be scheduled on Wednesdays (1-2 pm ET).  
  • Standard presentations should fit within a one-hour timeframe (45-minutes for the presentation; 15-minutes for Q&A).

Our Audience Needs

Our audiences seek out innovative, out-of-the-box thinking to offer the highest quality of supports and services for people of ALL abilities to thrive as active, valued, contributing members of our communities, while navigating a complex regulatory environment, limited funding, and workforce recruitment and retention challenges.   

Therefore, our favorite presenters:

  • Lead interactive sessions to stimulate thought-provoking discussions.
  • Challenge our assumptions.
  • Teach replicable approaches that our attendees can implement in their communities.
  • Provide tools and resources for attendees to use at home.
  • Demonstrate the impact and success of their approach with data, first-person accounts, and other objective evidence.

Presentation Requirements

Proposals will be considered programmable if they:

  • Are free of commercial appeals (e.g., product advertisements, promotion of services, etc.).
  • Are free of partisan political views.
  • Fit within a one-hour timeframe (45-minutes for the presentation; 15-minutes for Q&A).

Speaker Benefits

There are a variety of benefits of having a proposal accepted for presentation as part of ANCOR's suite of educational offerings in 2022, including:

  • The opportunity to be seen as a credible subject matter expert in the I/DD field.
  • Visibility on our website and print materials (where appropriate).
  • Discounted registration rates, if selected to present at the 2022 ANCOR Annual Conference.
  • A modest honorarium, if selected to present a webinar.

Topics of Interest

The topics listed below represent a sample of the hottest issues of interest to the ANCOR community. This is not an exhaustive list; we encourage you to submit proposals on other critical topics not listed.

Quality Services for People with Disabilities
  • Successful transitions to HCBS settings
  • Fostering integration for individuals receiving ICF services
  • Integrated Care / Quality of Care / Outcome Measurements
  • Services in rural areas
  • Individualized supports (e.g., for community living, for employment, etc.)
  • Self-Advocacy initiatives and/or self-advocate perspectives on IDD services and supports
  • Providing complex behavioral supports in community settings
  • Trauma-Informed care
  • Aging and I/DD (both aging person with disability and aging caregivers)
  • Providing services for dual-eligible populations
  • Best practices in emergency preparedness for I/DD services
  • Non-Traditional Service Models** (i.e., creative approaches to meet needs with scant resources, such as in housing, transportation, staffing, etc.)
Recruitment and Retention
  • Unique Recruitment and Retention Strategies (e.g., apprenticeship programs)
  • Preventing Employee Burnout
  • Career Development models
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Workforce diversity (e.g., collaborative partnerships and strategies to diversify workforce)
Future Funding Strategies
  • Alternate Payment Models
  • Strategic outsourcing (e.g., shared services)
  • Non-Medicaid Funding Strategies and Partnerships
Maximizing Technology
  • Adapting mainstream technology and/or cutting-edge assistive technology to promote independent living
  • Technology for effective program management (e.g., EVV, data analytics, medication administration)
  • Technology to support our workforce (e.g., mobile tech, staff training)
  • Telemedicine
  • Robotics (acquisition and applications)
Business Acumen
  • Designing performance management; monitoring and evaluations; metrics
  • Leadership skills
  • Strategic planning skills
  • Effective negotiation skills
  • Balancing liability vs. risk
  • Change management skills
  • Interpersonal skills development (e.g., teamwork, creative-thinking, decision-making / problem-solving, conflict resolution)

Submission Deadline

For best consideration, proposals should be submitted no later than 11:59 pm PST on Friday, November 12, 2021.

Decisions and Notifications

Upon submission, a team comprised of ANCOR staff and volunteers will review and evaluate all the submissions. ANCOR will begin extending invitations to present in February 2022. All notifications will be completed by March 1, 2022.

Invited speakers will be provided speaker agreements to review and sign to indicate acceptance of the presentation offer. Speaker agreements will outline the terms for the presentation (whether for ANCOR's Annual Conference or a webinar session). In the event the original presenter is unable to deliver the accepted presentation as outlined in the proposal, a substitute presenter of equal expertise must be referred, and the original speaker must notify ANCOR staff immediately of the conflict.


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