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2019 ANCOR Conference

May 6, 2019 to May 8, 2019

Marriott Portland Downtown Waterfront Hotel

Portland, Oregon

We are incredibly excited to take ANCOR’s 2019 Annual Conference to the West Coast!

Join us on Portland, Oregon May 6th to the 8th.

Registration for the 2019 Annual Conference will open December 2018.

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!

ANCOR’s Exhibit Hall is the place to go to find products and services that have benefitted our members as well as the people they support.

Exhibitor registration will also open in December 2018.

Date Time Description
May 6 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM


May 7 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM


May 8 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


More information to come.

More information to come.

2018 DSP Award recipients at the 2018 ANCOR Annual Conference in New Orleans, LAANCOR will welcome our Direct Support Professionals (DSP) to the 2019 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.

Registration will open December, 2018.

Call for Sessions

ANCOR is accepting conference session proposals in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) for its 2019 Annual Conference in Portland, OR scheduled for May 6 – May 8, 2019.

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 in supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to fully participate in their communities.

Submit a session proposal HERE by Friday, November 16, 2018.

Our Audience Needs:

Our attendees seek hands-on sessions that offer practical knowledge and tools they can take back 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

Presentation Requirements

  • Free of commercialism
  • Free of partisan political views
  • Standard presentations should fit within 1-hour breakout session (45-minute presentation plus 15-minute Q&A)
  • Submitted by Friday, November 16, 2018, 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 conference program, 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 Quality Services for People with Disabilities

  • Quality of Care, Care Coordination, Quality Outcomes
  • Person-centered or Person-directed models
  • Defining Community / Creating Natural Supports
  • Providing complex behavioral supports in community settings
  • Aging and I/DD
  • Non-Traditional Service Models

Nurturing Our People

  • Unique Recruitment Strategies
  • Preventing Employee Burnout
  • Career development models
  • Interpersonal Skills development (e.g., teamwork, creative-thinking, decision-making / problem-solving, conflict resolution)

Maximizing Technology

  • Adaptive technology for people with disabilities
  • Technology for effective program management (e.g., data analytics)
  • Technology to support our workforce (e.g., mobile tech)
  • Robotics (acquisition and uses)

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
  • Non-Medicaid Funding Strategies and Partnerships

Submission Deadline

Friday, November 16, 2018, 11:59 PM, Eastern

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 2019

All selected presenters agree to electronically submit their session materials by Tuesday, April 30, 2019