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2020 ANCOR Annual Conference

About the ANCOR Annual Conference

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.
When is the Next ANCOR Annual Conference?

The 2020 Annual Conference will take place April 27-29 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:


Get in touch! Email Marie Campos, Education Director, for more information.

Call for Sessions now open!

Submit a session proposal by Friday, November 15, 2019 (11:59 PM, Eastern).

To prepare your submission, you can review and download the proposal questions here: 2020 ANCOR Conference proposal questions.

ANCOR is accepting conference session proposals in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) for its 2020 Annual Conference in Miami, FL scheduled for April 27 – 29, 2020.

We seek proposals from 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.

Our Audience Needs:

Our attendees seek hands-on sessions that offer practical knowledge and tools they can take back home and share with their teams.  They 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.  

Show our attendees how to:

  • Make lasting impact in our collective advocacy;
  • Motivate, nurture, and lead our teams;
  • Cultivate unique partnerships for creative solutions;
  • Weave community networks and resources to enhance the services and supports we provide.

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

Speaker Benefits

  • Visibility as a subject matter expert in the Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) field
  • Discounted speaker rates to attend full 3-day conference (or complimentary registration for the day of your presentation)
  • Listing on our website and conference program, distributed to all attendees
  • Networking opportunities with providers and advocates in the I/DD community

Presentation Requirements

  • Free of commercialism
  • Free of partisan political views
  • Standard presentations should fit within 45-minute breakout session to accommodate 15-minute Q&A opportunity
  • If handouts are required, presenter will be responsible for providing hard copies. (ANCOR distributes electronic copies of presentation materials to all attendees via conference app.)
  • Submitted by Friday, November 15, 2019, 11:59 PM, Eastern

Topics of Interest That Keep Us Up At Night

Topics listed below is sampling of our hot issues, and not an exhaustive list. We encourage you to submit proposals on other critical topics not listed below.

**Topics in bold and italicized are must-have sessions at the 2020 ANCOR annual conference.**

Quality Services for People with Disabilities
  • Successful transitions to HCBS settings**
  • Fostering integration for individuals receiving ICF services**
  • Integrated Care / Quality of Care / Care Coordination / Outcome Measurements **
  • Services in rural areas
  • Individualized supports
  • 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** (creative approaches to meet needs with scant resources, e.g., in housing, transportation, staffing)
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)
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 uses)
Future Funding Strategies
  • Strategic outsourcing (e.g., shared services)
  • Non-Medicaid Funding Strategies and Partnerships
  • Alternate Payment Models **
Crucial Skills
  • Performance Management; Monitoring and Evaluations; Metrics **
  • Leadership Skills**
  • Strategic Planning
  • Effective Negotiations
  • Balancing Liability vs. Risk
  • Change Management
  • Interpersonal Skills development (e.g., teamwork, creative-thinking, decision-making / problem-solving, conflict resolution)

**Topics in bold and italicized are must-have sessions at the 2020 ANCOR annual conference.

Submission Deadline

Submit a session proposal by Friday, November 15, 2019, 11:59 PM, Eastern

To prepare your submission, you can review and download the proposal questions here: 2020 ANCOR conference proposal questions.

After Submission

  • No substantive changes in content or presenters are made without prior written approval from ANCOR conference staff.
  • In the event the original presenter is unable to attend the conference, a substitute presenter of equal expertise must be provided; ANCOR staff must be contacted immediately.
  • ANCOR will begin contacting selected presenters in late January 2020. All selected presenters must sign speaker agreement to confirm interest.
  • All presenters agree to electronically submit their presentation slides by April 10, 2020.

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