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2018 ANCOR Conference

April 15, 2018 to April 17, 2018

New Orleans, Louisiana

Converge: verb | con·verge | kən-ˈvərj |
To come together and unite in a common interest or focus.

In 2018, the ANCOR community of member agencies, our partners, and our allies will Converge in the Big Easy to cultivate unique partnerships for creative solutions; to weave community networks and resources to enhance the quality services and supports we provide for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD); to make an indelible impact in our collective national advocacy; and to motivate, nurture, and inspire each other.

Together, we have a stake in building opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. So, join us on April 15 – 17, 2018 at the Sheraton in New Orleans. Hear the latest developments from subject matter experts, learn from your peers, and leverage our diverse community to create new opportunities.

Visit this site frequently for schedule and session updates.


Early Bird (through February 28)

  • ANCOR member: $725.00
  • Non-member: $1,050.00

Standard (March 1 and after)

  • ANCOR member: $825.00
  • Non-member: $1,200.00

Pre-Conference Sessions*

*requires main conference registration

  • Preparing Your Agency for NEW Electronic Visit Verification Requirements: $125.00
  • Providers Taking the Lead: Exploring Provider-led Integrated Care Approaches: $125.00
  • ANCOR Foundation RLP Leadership Forum: $125.00

ANCOR Foundation Reception (additional guest tickets)

April 16 @ 5:30 PM. Conference registration includes one ticket to the ANCOR Foundation reception.


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Cancellations are subject to a $50.00 processing fee. No refunds will be issued after March 31, 2017. There is no charge for substitutions.


Contact us.

Sheraton New Orleans

500 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

ANCOR room block and travel details coming soon!

Exhibitor Information

As an exhibitor at ANCOR you have the opportunity to create awareness with conference attendees to the benefit of your products and/or services. This conference will host approximately 400 attendees, primarily CEOs, COOs, CFOs and upper-level managers/directors of provider agencies from around the country, giving you face-to-face exposure with these decision makers.

You’ll be located in the center of our conference - breakfast, breaks and a reception are held within the exhibit area to maximize your exposure to conference registrants. Don’t delay in registering as space is limited and fills quickly! The cut-off date this year is Feb. 27 – no extensions unless space fills prior.

While you’re at the conference, we can’t wait for you to learn more about Included. Supported. Empowered. – An exciting three-year campaign through the ANCOR Foundation. We encourage you to stay Monday night for the ANCOR Foundation Reception to see how your company might want to engage in the campaign. Together we have a stake in building opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities!

Testimonials below are from exhibitors at previous conference events:

“We had a wonderful and productive time. In addition to meeting more of the ANCOR team, we were able to make great connections with possible customers across the country. It was a wonderful event and I know we will be back next year.“

“Great to be part of the conference. I would not change a thing. The many scheduled breaks with exhibitors was wonderful. The time allowed was good.”

“It was such a pleasure to meet… the ANCOR Staff. I truly appreciate the exposure you gave us with all of your providers. While I was there I made a number of connections that I’m already starting to follow up with.“

Exhibitors will receive:

6’ exhibit skirted table with chairs. Note: There will not be any pipe and drape (no draping backdrop)


  • Exhibits are preferred to be table top with display (on top of table) of maximum height of 4 feet.
    • Display can be full length from ground up (and be positioned behind table or take the place of the table) – as long as overall height does not exceed 6-feet 6-inches.
  • Table top is 6 feet wide and 30 inches high.
  • Exhibits cannot extend beyond the 6-foot width of the table.
  • ANCOR reserves the right to refuse any oversized exhibits that do not conform to the above sizes.
  • Name of first exhibit staff person listed on the exhibitor form will appear in the conference program.

Exhibit Hours

(Exhibit related times subject to adjustment)

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Exhibit set up time is 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Exhibits will open on Sunday, April 15 @ 3:30 PM prior to the opening session of the conference. There will be a reception held that evening in the exhibit area immediately after the opening session.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Exhibits will be open as of 7:15 AM for a continental breakfast with registrants and will remain open throughout the day. Breaks are interspersed throughout the day in the exhibit area to maximize your exposure to attendees.

Tear down is 5:00 PM. (Be sure to plan on attending the ANCOR Foundation Reception at 6PM.)


Registration is not valid unless payment has been received by ANCOR.

  • Non-profit: $850.00 (by Feb 15, 2018); $950.00 (after February 15, 2018)
  • For profit: $950.00 (by Feb. 15, 2018); $1,050.00 (after February 15, 2018)
  • Special Partners: $0.00
  • Electric: TBD
  • Internet: TBD

*Electric will be paid directly to the hotel, ANCOR needs to know if you want to order electric and, if so, will then supply you with the hotel order form and payment form in March/April. Quoted price may not include hotel charges for tax or possible labor, shipping etc. costs.

Cancellation Policy

A cancellation fee of $100.00 will apply until February 15. No refunds will be issued after February 15.

Exhibitor Registration

Register your exhibit today!

Details are subject to change

Leadership Meetings

Date Time Description
April 14 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM ANCOR Foundation Board Meeting 
April 14 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM ANCOR Board of Directors Meeting
April 15 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM Government Relations Committee Meeting
April 15 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM State Association Executives Meeting
April 15 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM ANCOR Board of Representatives Meeting
April 16 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM ANCOR Leadership Development Committee Meeting
April 17 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

PAC Meeting

Invitation only.

Conference Schedule

Date Time Description
April 15 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Registration
April 15 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Pre-Conference Sessions

  • Preparing Your Agency for NEW Electronic Visit Verification Requirements
  • Providers Taking the Lead: Exploring Provider-led Integrated Care Approaches
  • ANCOR Foundation RLP Leadership Forum
April 15 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM DSP Orientation
April 15 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Exhibit Hall Opens
April 15 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM New Attendee Meet-and-Greet
April 15 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM ANCOR Board President Remarks
April 15 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM Plenary Session
April 15 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Welcome Reception
Date Time Description
April 16 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM Registration
April 16 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM


Exhibit Hall.

April 16 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM ANCOR CEO Remarks
April 16 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Plenary Session: Included. Supported. Empowered.
April 16 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Plenary Session

Dr. Pritpal Tamber, Co-Founder and CEO
Bridging Health & Community

April 16 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Break
April 16 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Breakout Sessions
April 16 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


On your own.

April 16 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Breakout Sessions
April 16 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM Break
April 16 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Express Talk
April 16 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Breakout Sessions
April 16 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM Break
April 16 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM Government Relations Updates
April 16 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

ANCOR Foundation Reception

The ANCOR Foundation welcomes guests to join their family and friends at the Monday evening reception to unwind, network, and celebrate on April 16th. Guests tickets are $50. Tickets will be collected at the door. Thank you for supporting the ANCOR Foundation.

Date Time Description
April 17 7:45 AM - 3:00 PM Registration
April 17 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Breakfast
April 17 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Breakout Sessions
April 17 9:30 AM - 9:45 AM Break
April 17 9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Plenary Session

Dan Habib
University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability

April 17 10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Break
April 17 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM ANCOR Foundation Legacy Leaders and DSP of the Year Awards
April 17 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM



April 17 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM Express Talk
April 17 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Breakout Sessions
April 17 2:30 PM - 2:45 PM Break
April 17 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM Group Discussion
April 17 3:45 PM - 4:00 PM Closing Remarks

Pre-Conference Sessions

(Requires main conference registration)

Preparing Your Agency for NEW Electronic Visit Verification Requirements ($125.00)
Sunday, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  • Speaker TBD

Electronic visit verification (EVV) is now going to play a significant role for providers of Medicaid waiver services – states are not only encouraged to use it, now new federal law REQUIRES states and providers to use EVV systems in their waiver systems or else incur penalties. The 21st Century Cures Act passed in 2016 was a large overhaul bill impacting the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), but a small section, Section 12006 of the legislation, was added to require states providing Medicaid waiver services to ensure that those services are being provided with real-time electronic verification. The new federal legislation is broad and leaves much of the implementation to be interpreted by the states which can translate to opportunities for providers, but also expensive, burdensome, and detrimental shifts for service provision. This three-hour deep dive on EVV makes sure providers are prepared for this shift happening now.

Providers Taking the Lead: Exploring Provider-led Integrated Care Approaches ($125.00)
Sunday, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  • Speaker TBD

States are continuing to move toward integrated care within their Medicaid programs. Provider-led approaches are an emerging trend within this movement and I/DD providers are at the forefront. Join us to hear about three of these approaches.

ANCOR Foundation RLP Leadership Forum ($125.00)
Sunday, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  • Speaker TBD

The ANCOR Foundation is committed to supporting the professional growth and development of the men and women who are dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. The leadership forum will be a three hour workshop designed to hone leadership skills to support their critical work.

Plenary Speakers

Pritpal Tamber

Dr. Pritpal S. Tamber is the Co-Founder and CEO of Bridging Health & Community, a Seattle-based nonprofit aiming to transform how we approach health so that it goes beyond health care and public health to include fostering the agency of a community - its collective ability to make purposeful choices. He is the former Physician Editor of TEDMED and began his career as an editor at the British Medical Journal.

Dan HabibDan Habib is the creator of the award-winning documentary films Including Samuel, Who Cares About Kelsey?, Mr. Connolly Has ALS, and many other short films on disability-related topics. Habib is a filmmaker at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability. He is currently working on a new documentary, Intelligent Lives, which will examine our society’s narrow perceptions of intelligence. Before joining UNH in April of 2008, Habib was the photography editor of the Concord Monitor (NH). In 2006 and 2008, he was named the national Photography Editor of the Year and has been a judge of the Pulitzer Prizes and the Best of Photojournalism. In 2014, Habib was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities—a committee that promotes policies and initiatives that support independence and lifelong inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.

2017 DSP Recognition Award Recipients at last year's Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX!ANCOR welcomes our Direct Support Professionals (DSP) to the 2018 Annual Conference! ANCOR is keenly aware of the critical role that our Direct Support workforce play in providing services and supports for people with disabilities to live, work, and thrive in their communities. To support the professional growth of our DSP workforce, ANCOR is pleased to continue to offer a deeply discounted conference rate to enable leadership teams to bring their DSP staff with them to attend the ANCOR Annual Conference.

In lieu of a regimented DSP Leadership Academy, we invite our DSPs to attend any conference session that fits their areas of interest and expertise. ANCOR’s Annual Conference offers a range of presentations, including sessions on direct support services that will be recommended, but not required, for DSP attendees.

Check our conference Schedule or Sessions frequently to learn more about the 2018 conference program.


  • $75.00


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Calling agency executives, operations and program managers, case managers / team leads, DSPs, business partners, researchers, policymakers, self-advocates and family members – Do you have a bright idea to share with the I/DD provider community?

Then submit a session proposal to present at ANCOR’s 2018 Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA scheduled for April 15-17, 2018.

Volumes of business articles, research findings, books, blogs, and listicles stress the importance of our people and our relationships as critical success factors in business. At our 2018 conference, ANCOR will focus on our social capital as our greatest assets for success.

Let’s leverage our relationships to:

  • Make lasting impact in our 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

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
  • Submitted by Friday, November 10, 2017, 11:59 PM, Eastern

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 program materials, distributed to all attendees
  • Networking opportunities with providers and advocates in the I/DD community

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.

Navigating Policy and Regulations
Proficiency in federal policies and regulations that impact our work
Government programs we should maximize
Techniques to influence policy discussions

Providing Highest Quality of Services
Quality of Care, Care Coordination, Consumer Protections, Quality Outcomes
Person-centered or person-directed
Defining Community/Creating natural supports
Providing complex behavioral supports in community settings

Nurturing Our People
Preventing Employee Burnout
Career development models
Training vs. Learning
Mentoring, Apprenticeships

Innovate to Compete
Emerging Trends
Non-traditional service models
New funding strategies
Ingenious use of mainstream technology

Exemplifying High-Performing Organizations
Performance metrics and management
Strategic outsourcing (e.g., shared services)
Balancing Liability and Risk
Adapting to Change and Leading Organizational Transformation


Proposal submission period: September 1 - November 10, 2017, 11:59 PM Eastern. Download proposal questions here.

After Submission

  • Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • 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 will be provided; ANCOR staff must be contacted immediately
  • ANCOR will begin contacting selected presenters in January 2018
  • All selected presenters agree to electronically submit their session materials by Friday, March 30, 2018