2019 ANCOR Annual Conference

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What if you had direct access to the nation’s leading experts on disability supports and services, all in one place? What impact would it have on you? Better yet, what impact would it have on the people you serve?

As the year’s largest national gathering of I/DD service providers, the 2019 ANCOR Annual Conference will harness the energy, experience and expertise of our nation’s largest provider community. Comprised of 1,600+ providers, this community employs more than a half-million professionals who collectively support more than 1 million individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in nearly every corner of our country. And although each individual we serve has unique needs that demand unique approaches, we’re all striving to achieve the same goal: better outcomes.

Join us May 6-8, 2019, in beautiful Portland, Oregon, for three days of learning and networking designed to make you a more effective champion for people of all abilities. Because at the end of the day, it’s all about outcomes.

We are packing up for Portland, Oregon! So, online registration is now closed.  Please visit the conference registration desk to register on-site.  We look forward to seeing you on the West Coast!


Standard Rates (on or after March 21, 2019):

  • ANCOR Member standard rate: $850.00
  • Non-Member standard rate: $1,200.00

Pre-Conference Sessions (optional)

Pre-conference sessions will be held on Monday, May 6, 2019.  Pre-Conference session fee is $125.  Main conference registration is required.

  • Leadership Decision Making
    (Session is full. To add your name to a waitlist, send email to [email protected] with subject line “Leadership Decision-Making pre-conf waitlist”. You will be contacted only if slots become available.
  • Paying for Outcomes, Defining Value: Getting Beyond the Value-Based Payments (VBP) Hype
    (Extra seats now available.  To add this pre-conference session to your existing registration, log back into the conference registration page and add the session.)
  • Lessons from Hacienda: Preventing Sexual Assault, Abuse, Neglect and Misappropriation of Funds


Conference Registration

Online registration is now closed.  To register, please visit the conference registration desk when you arrive in Portland, OR.



Cancellations are subject to a $50.00 processing fee. No refunds will be issued after April 21, 2019. There is no charge for substitutions.


ANCOR Foundation Reception: An Evening on the Willamette Star

Tuesday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Come enjoy the finest river cruise dining experience in the Northwest, participate in the ANCOR Foundation auction (a perennial favorite!) and go to sleep knowing you’ve contributed to the important work of the ANCOR Foundation, including the Leadership Academy and the Included. Supported. Empowered. campaign. Each $100 ticket includes hors d’oeuvres, a drink ticket and a donation to the ANCOR Foundation.

Foundation Reception: Register Yourself
Foundation Reception: Register Others

The Willamette Star

The ANCOR Foundation extends its deep gratitude to Nationwide for its generous support of this reception.


Contact us.

Portland Marriott ​Downtown Waterfront

1401 SW Naito Parkway
Portland, OR 97201
(503) 226-7600

The ANCOR Room block at the Portland Downtown Marriott Waterfront Hotel is now sold out. The entire hotel is completely sold out the night of May 8. There may be a few available rooms at The Portland Downtown Marriott Waterfront Hotel for some nights, but at a premium rate.

Please contact A Room With A View for information on the official designated ANCOR overflow hotel. They will secure the lowest available rates at the best available hotels walking distance to The Marriott Hotel!

Reservations processed by A Room With A View are automatically on a waitlist for rooms at The Marriott Hotel, should cancellations occur within the ANCOR Room Block.

For a list of  designated hotel options for all nights, please contact A Room With A View at:

Email: [email protected]


Phone: 1 (800) 780-4343, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm CST

reminder – this is a FREE SERVICE for all ANCOR attendees

Please note: If you have a reservation at The Portland Downtown Marriott Waterfront Hotel and you need to completely cancel (not modify), do not call the hotel directly. Only call A Room With A View to cancel it (at 1-800-780-4343). They’ll be able to give your room to another attendee wishing to stay at the host hotel.

Contact Jerri McCandless, ANCOR’s Special Assistant to the CEO at [email protected] or (703) 535-7850 ext.107 if you have any other questions.

Downloadable Conference Guide

The 2019 ANCOR Annual Conference Guide is your one-stop shop for schedule and agenda information, speakers, exhibitors and more! Download the 2019 ANCOR Annual Conference Guide today.

Conference Agenda at a Glance

(Schedule subject to change)


ANCOR Foundation Board of Trustees Meeting
12-4 pm | Leadership Meeting

ANCOR Disability Champions PAC Reception
By invitation only | 5-6:30pm | Leadership Meeting
For more about the PAC Reception, contact Doris Parfaite-Claude, Federal Advocacy & Research Manager


Registration Open
9 am-6 pm

Government Relations Committee Meeting
8:30-10:30 am | Leadership Meeting

State Association Executives Forum Meeting
10:45 am-12:45 pm | Leadership Meeting

Board of Representatives Meeting
10:45 am-12:45 pm | Leadership Meeting

Grassroots Work Group Meeting
10:45 am-12:45 pm | Leadership Meeting

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

Exhibits Open
4-7:30 pm

Opening Plenary: Changing Perspectives, Moving Mountains
5-6:30 pm | Plenary Session

Welcome Reception with Exhibitors
6:30-7:30 pm


Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
7-8:30 am

Exhibits Open
7 am-5 pm

Registration Open
7 am-5 pm

New Attendee Meet & Greet
7:30-8 am

ANCOR Headshot Lounge Open
8 am-2 pm

Included. Supported. Empowered. Story Room Open
8 am-1 pm  

Looking Back, Looking Ahead: The Future of I/DD Services and How We Got Here
8:30-10 am | Plenary Session

Networking Break with Exhibitors
10-10:30 am

ANCOR Film Festival
10:30 am – 6:30 pm (last showing)
ANCOR is proud to feature two new documentaries at this year’s Conference: Hearts of Glass and Invaluable: The Profession of Direct Support.

Concurrent Sessions 1
10:30-11:30 am

  • 2019 Moving Mountains Awardee: St. Coletta of Wisconsin’s Moonshot Initiative
  • The Art of Servant Leadership
  • Changing Lives and Achieving Independence through Enabling Technology
  • Community-Based Dementia-Capable Housing for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
  • The Intersection Between Outcomes and Fiscal Health: A Case Study from New York
  • ANCOR Film Festival: Hearts of Glass – A Community Story of Innovation and Employment (with discussion)

On Your Own | 11:30 am-1 pm

Concurrent Sessions 2
1-2 pm

  • Leadership Decision-Making (NOTE: This is an extended breakout session, scheduled for 1 – 5pm)
  • Focusing Services on Competitive Integrated Employment: A Research-Based Approach
  • The Graduates: The Next Generation Shaping the Future of I/DD Services
  • I/DD Health Care: Then, Now & Next
  • Technology-Leveraged Service Models that Redefine What’s Possible for Independent Living
  • ANCOR Film Festival: Invaluable—The Profession of Direct Support (with discussion)

Networking Break with Exhibitors
2-2:30 pm

Included. Supported. Empowered. Story Room Open
2-5 pm

ANCOR Headshot Lounge Open
2:30-5 pm

Straight from the Source: Administration Priorities on the Horizon
2:30-3:15 pm | Plenary Session

Networking Break with Exhibitors
3:15-3:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions 3
3:45-4:45 pm

  • Individual Car Ownership as a Means to Resolve Mobility Issues
  • A Lean System Applied: Recruiting, Retaining and Engaging Direct Support Professionals
  • Telemedicine: A Simple, Proven Technology You Aren’t Using. Why Not?
  • Understanding Barriers to Self-Directed Services and Supports: The Provider Perspective

What’s New, Now and Next for ANCOR’s Government Relations
5-5:45 pm | Plenary Session

ANCOR Foundation Reception: An Evening on the Willamette Star
6:30-8:30 pm, Special Event
Space is limited. Tickets for this reception are $100 and not included in the cost of your Conference registration. Purchase tickets from the registration portal. 


Registration Open
7:30 am-4 pm

7:45-8:30 am

Included. Supported. Empowered. Story Room Open
8 am-12 pm

ANCOR Headshot Lounge Open
8 am-12 pm

Leading Legacies: Inspiring the Next Generation of Innovation
8:30-9:30 am | Plenary Session

Concurrent Sessions 4
9:45-10:45 am

  • Collaboration at its Finest: College-to-Career Partnerships for Success
  • Investment in Leadership: The Road to Improved Organizations
  • It’s About Privacy: A Tour Through How HIPAA Impacts Everyday Operations, Including EVV
  • Siblings of People with Special Needs: Unique Concerns & Opportunities
  • Survival of the Fittest: Business Tools for Competitive Edge

Set Down the Stethoscope. The Heart of Health is Social
11-11:45 am | Plenary Session

Hosted Lunch | 12-1 pm

Concurrent Sessions 5
1:15-2:15 pm

  • Bridging the Gap: HCBS Outcome Measurement
  • Challenges and the Future of ICF/IIDs
  • Employee Engagement Strategies: From Vision to Execution
  • Lessons Learned from the HCBS Business Acumen Learning Collaboratives

Bridges to Excellence: 2019 Direct Support Professional of the Year Awards Presentation
2:30-4 pm | Plenary Session


ANCOR Board of Directors Meeting
8 am-5 pm | Leadership Meeting

Partners, Sponsors, and Exhibitors

Platinum Partners/Exhibitors


Gold Partners/Exhibitors

Conference Sponsors/Exhibitors



​In addition to our partners above, the following participants will

also be exhibiting at the 2019 ANCOR Annual Conference.

Exhibit hours are Monday, 4pm – 7:30pm and Tuesday, 7am – 5pm.


AbleLink Smart Living Technologies

AmeriHealth Caritas

Arlington Heritage Group

Butler Human Services Furniture

CapGrow Partners


Core Solutions, Inc.

CQL: The Council on Quality and Leadership


eVero Corporation

Irwin Siegel Agency

Mainstay, Inc./My25

MassMutual SpecialCare

The Meyers Group

National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals

Pharmacy Alternatives

Philadelphia Insurance Companies

QBS, Inc.

Rose & Kiernan, Inc. 


SimplyHome, LLC

Sprint Corporation 


Tarrytown Expocare Pharmacy

University of Minnesota ICI/RTC on Community Living


If you’ve already signed up to exhibit, click here to find out what you need to know!


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