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Bridges to Better Outcomes

May 6-8, 2019
Marriott Portland Downtown Waterfront Hotel
Portland, OR
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Featured Keynoter

New! Positive Exposure: Change How You See, See How You Change

Rick Guidotti, Founder and Director, Positive Exposure

A keynote address by Rick Guidotti, Founder and Director, Positive Exposure

Positive Exposure is an innovative arts, advocacy and education organization that utilizes the visual arts to celebrate human diversity, inclusive of ethnicity, religion, age, ability, learning style, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation.

Positive Exposure has significantly impacted the field of  human rights, mental health, medicine, and education by providing new opportunities to see each individual as a human being and valued member of our society.

About Rick

Rick Guidotti, an award-winning photographer, has spent the past twenty years collaborating internationally with nonprofit organizations, hospitals, medical schools, educational institutions, advocacy groups and communities to promote a more inclusive and compassionate world where ALL differences are understood and celebrated.

Guidotti’s work has been published in newspapers, magazines and journals as diverse as Elle, GQ, People, the American Journal of Medical Genetics, The Lancet, Spirituality and Health, the Washington Post, New York Times, Atlantic Monthly and LIFE Magazine.

Featured Pre-Conference Sessions

Paying for Outcomes, Defining Value: Getting Beyond the Value-Based Payments Hype

Monday, May 6, 1:30-4:30 pm; $125

Value-based payments are all the rage — these alternative payment models have even drawn the attention of new private equity investors to the I/DD market. But, is there any there, there? What do you need to know to ensure your organization is best positioned to take advantage of potential opportunities — or to further disruption?

This Pre-Conference Session will get you up to speed on the value-based payments basics, including developments in the behavioral health market for I/DD, their implications for providers, and latest trends in consolidation and M&A. You’ll hear from payors about their most current thinking, and from organizations that are currently measuring quality outcomes. This engaging discussion will equip you with what you need to be a leading voice in I/DD service delivery when debates about value-based payments inevitably come to your state.

Lessons from Hacienda: Preventing Sexual Assault, Abuse, Neglect and Misappropriation of Funds

Monday, May 6, 1:30-4:30 pm; $125

In this era of #MeToo, the chronic issue of sexual violence against people with disabilities is finally getting public attention, more recently accelerated by the widely reported and horrific sex crime perpetrated against an individual living in an Intermediate Care Facility in Arizona.

This Pre-Conference Session is focused on solutions and prevention strategies — including the specific recommendations advanced by the Arizona DD Council, increased monitoring by protection and advocacy agencies and two state-of-the-art training curricula to promote healthy relations and prevent abuse.


  • Erica McFadden, Executive Director, Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
  • Katie Hanley, Senior Director, Oak Hill Centers
  • Brenna Doyle, Program Integration Specialist, Oak Hill Centers
  • Julie Atkinson, Research Professional, Center for Human Development, University of Alaska

Leadership Decision-Making

Presenter: Charles Dorison, Researcher, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Monday, May 6, 1-5 pm; $125

Charles DorisonDrawing on cutting-edge research in psychology, behavioral economics, and neuroscience, this four-hour course will teach you evidence-based strategies to improve decision making both for yourself and others in your organization.

The course includes interactive exercises and real-time feedback, giving you personalized insights into your own decision-making. At the end of the session, participants will have a deeper understanding of how to structure decision environments and choice processes to reduce bias and increase accuracy.

NOTE: This session will also be offered during the conference on Tuesday. However, space during the conference will be limited and participants will be admitted on a first-come, first served basis. Registering for the pre-conference session not only guarantees your admission if you register before space runs out, but it also enables you to participate in additional breakout session offerings on Tuesday.

About the Presenter

Charlie Dorison is a researcher at the Harvard Kennedy School, studying human judgment and decision-making. Each summer, Mr. Dorison teaches decision science in the California Police Chiefs Executive Leadership Institute. Mr. Dorison's research examines how individuals can harness insights from psychology, behavioral economics, and neuroscience to help themselves and others in their organizations make better decisions.


Check back often for sessions at ANCOR's 2019 Annual Conference you won't want to miss!


Early Bird Rates (until March 20, 2019):

  • ANCOR Member early bird rate: $750.00
  • Non-Member early bird rate: $1,050.00

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

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

Pre-Conference Sessions

Pre-conference sessions will be held on Monday, May 6, 2019.  Main conference registration is required.

  • Leadership Decision Making
  • Paying for Outcomes, Defining Value: Getting Beyond the Value-Based Payments (VBP) Hype
  • Lessons from Hacienda: Preventing Sexual Assault, Abuse, Neglect and Misappropriation of Funds


Register Yourself

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


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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.

Portland Marriott ​Downtown Waterfront

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

To access the reduced ANCOR Conference rate of $209, call 1 (877) 901-6632 and ask for the 'ANCOR Conference 2019' rate, or book online by clicking here.

The hotel is a serene location for the 2019 ANCOR Annual Conference. Situated on the Willamette River, the hotel is near over 60 breweries, Oregon Convention Center, Oregon Zoo and Keller Auditorium. Enjoy our conference and soak in the vibrant local culture!

Exhibit at ANCOR!

As an exhibitor at the 2019 ANCOR Annual Conference, you have the opportunity to create awareness of your products and/or services to an audience of primarily CEOs, COOs, CFOs, and upper-mid level management of provider agencies.  Traditionally hosting approximately 500 attendees, our conference gives you face-to-face exposure with decision-makers from agencies who serve thousands of people with disabilities, primarily I/DD, nationwide.  ANCOR has had the reputation for many years as the ‘go to conference’ for vendors who want this national exposure.

You will be located in the center of our conference.  Breakfast, breaks, and reception are held within the exhibit area to maximize your exposure to the attendees. We will have a limit of 50 exhibitors, so don’t delay in registering as space is limited and fills quickly!

Exhibit dates/hours (hours may be subject to change):

Monday, May 6, 2019 

  • Exhibit set-up is 12:30pm-3:30pm.
  • Exhibits open at 4:15pm, prior to the opening session of the conference.  There will be a reception held that evening in the exhibit area immediately following the opening plenary.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

  • Exhibits open at 7:15am 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 exposure to attendees.
  • Exhibit tear down is 4:45pm-6:00pm.

Exhibitor Terms and Conditions:

Table Assignments:  Assignments are made by ANCOR staff.  A reasonable effort will be made to avoid assignment of adjacent tables to direct competitors.  The exhibit fee must accompany applications for space; table assignments will not be made until payments are received in full.

Exhibits:  A standard 6-foot table and 2 chairs; there will be no pipe and drape (i.e., no draping backdrop). 


  • Exhibits are preferred to be table-top, with display on top of table.
  • 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.
  • ANCOR allows a maximum of two people to exhibit at each booth.  Additional exhibit staff must be registered for an additional fee. 
  • If electricity is required, payment will be made directly to the hotel, not to ANCOR. ANCOR will supply this information at a later date.
  • The name of contact person will be listed in the Exhibitor Section of the Conference Program.

Payments and Cancellation:  The exhibit fee must accompany the agreement.  Vendors may cancel this agreement by written notice to ANCOR.  Cancellations made on or prior to April 1, 2019, will be subject to a $100 cancellation fee.  No refunds will be made on cancellations after April 2, 2019.

Security and Insurance:  The Exhibit area will not be secured.  We encourage exhibitors to take valuable items with them when they leave the table.  Neither ANCOR nor the hotel will be liable for any damage or loss to exhibitor’s property, nor shall ANCOR be liable for any injury that may occur in the exhibit area(s).  Exhibitors should make their own insurance arrangements.

Damage to the Exhibit Area:  Nothing shall be posted, tacked, nailed, screwed, or otherwise attached to columns, walls, floors, or other parts of the hotel, conference or exhibit areas.  If any damage does occur, the exhibitor shall be liable for any and all damages.

Restrictions on Use of Space:  No exhibitor shall sublet, assign or share any part of space allocated to it without consent by ANCOR.  If an exhibitor who is fully paid fails to occupy space that has been contracted, ANCOR shall have the right to use such space as it sees fit.

Acceptability of Exhibits:  All exhibits shall serve the interests of members of ANCOR and shall be operated in a way not to detract from other exhibits.  ANCOR reserves the right to deny the exhibit space to any potential exhibitor if ANCOR determines that the content or intention of the exhibitor is inconsistent with the interests of ANCOR.  Acceptance of an exhibit does not imply an endorsement of the exhibitor. 

Responsibility of ANCOR and Exhibitor:  Insurance and liability are the full, sole responsibility of the exhibitor.  The exhibitor agrees to keep ANCOR and the hotel forever harmless from any damages or charges imposed for violations of any law or ordinance occasioned by the negligence of the exhibitor, as well as to comply strictly with the applicable terms and conditions contained in the agreement between ANCOR and the hotel against and from any and all loss, cost, damage, liability or expense by reason of any accident or other occurrence to anyone, including the exhibitor, its agents, employees and business invitees that arises or by reason of said exhibitor’s occupancy and use of the exhibit premises or a part thereof.  ANCOR does not assume responsibility for services or materials advertised or exhibited.

Exhibit Fees

Early Bird Registration (deadline: February 8, 2019)

  • Non-Profit                        $850
  • For-Profit                         $950
  • Gold Partner                    $0
  • Special Partner                $0

Standard Registration (deadline: March 8, 2019)

  • Non-Profit                        $950     
  • For-Profit                          $1050
  • Gold Partner                    $0
  • Special Partner                $0

Extra Staff: $150/person (up to 2 additional staff per booth)

Cancellation Fees:

Cancellations made on or prior to April 1, 2019, will be subject to a $100 cancellation fee. 
No refunds will be made on cancellations after April 2, 2019.


Complete the Exhibitor Registration Form to reserve your exhibit booth today.


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Conference Agenda at a Glance





ANCOR’s 2019 Annual Conference will showcase three pre-conference sessions, nine plenaries and 25 breakout sessions, all designed to engage you in thought-provoking discussions about value-based purchasing, quality direct services, innovative partnerships, workforce retention strategies and leadership skills.

Our concurrent breakout sessions are grouped by the following tracks:

Leadership Skills Development

  • Leadership Decision-Making
  • The Art of Servant Leadership  
  • Investment in Leadership

Direct Services

  • Community-based Dementia Capable Housing for Adults with Intellectual Disability
  • Siblings of People with Special Needs: Unique Concerns & Opportunities
  • Focusing Services on Competitive Integrated Employment
  • Collaboration at Its Finest: College-to-Career Partnerships for Success

Workforce Strategies

  • Lean System Applied: Workforce Recruitment
  • Next Generation Perspectives
  • Innovative Workforce Retention Strategies
  • Immigrant Impact on I/DD Services

Agency Operations

  • Intersection Between Outcomes and Fiscal Health
  • Business Tools for Competitive Edge
  • Individual Car Ownership Strategies
  • ICF Regulatory Compliance Updates


  • HIPAA and Electronic Visit Verification
  • Telemedicine
  • Smart Homes
  • Enabling Technology

2018 DSP Award recipients at the 2018 ANCOR Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA

ANCOR is thrilled to host our Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) at the 2019 ANCOR Annual Conference.  Our DSPs provide critical services and supports for people with disabilities to live, work, and thrive in our communities.  ANCOR is pleased to offer a deeply discounted conference rate for DSPs to accompany their agency leadership teams to participate in this national gathering of thought-leaders to further their professional growth and development.

We invite our DSP attendees to take advantage of all conference offerings to attend sessions that best fit their areas of interest.  Not sure which session to attend? We will identify sessions on direct support services that may be of interest to DSP attendees.

The 2019 DSP of the Year Recognition Awards presentation will be held at 2:30pm on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. We hope you will join us as we recognize and celebrate the dedication of our direct support professionals who go above and beyond to provide exemplary services for people we support.



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