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Bridges to Better Outcomes

May 6-8, 2019
Marriott Portland Downtown Waterfront Hotel
Portland, OR
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Can't-Miss Programming

Included. Supported. Empowered. Story Room

Attention self-advocates, family members and Direct Support Professionals: it’s time to share your story! The Included. Supported. Empowered. Story Room, located on the Lobby Level in the Willamette Room, is your opportunity to show the world all that is possible when individuals with disabilities have the support they need to thrive in the community. Take 20 minutes to lend your voice to our collective effort to show what it truly means to be included, supported and empowered!

Stop by the ISE Story Room, located in the Hawthorne Room on the 2nd Floor! (Tuesday: 8am-1pm & 2-5pm / Wednesday: 8am - 12pm)

Featured Keynoters

Optimizing Human Performance Through Technology

Dr. Poppy CrumA keynote address by Dr. Poppy Crum, Adjunct Professor, Computer Research; Chief Scientist

Dr. Poppy Crum is a visionary futurist and neuroscientist whose work sits at the intersection of technology advancement and human evolution. Highly regarded in both the technology sector and academic circles, she is an Adjunct Professor in Computer Research at Stanford University and the Chief Scientist at Dolby Laboratories, a leading global innovator and developer of audio, imaging, and voice technologies. An advocate for the kind of technology that learns more about us as we use it, Dr. Crum works to bridge the gap between rapidly evolving technology and insightful, more effective human interaction. Dr. Crum’s presentations focus on how personalized technology will continue to shape us as humans, what a future world, where we use technology to make ourselves more human and not less, might look like, and the ways industries and organizations should be thinking about using technology to enhance human performance and communication. 

At Dolby, Dr, Crum builds technologies that best leverage human physiology to enhance our experiences and the ways we interact with our world, using a deep understanding of human behavior, personalized data, and technologies including wearable technology, immersive technology, AI and machine-learning, facial and voice recognition software, and AR and VR to power industry innovation.

About Dr. Crum

Dr. Poppy Crum is a visionary futurist and neuroscientist whose work sits at the intersection of technology advancement and human evolution. Highly regarded in both the technology sector and academic circles, she is an Adjunct Professor in Computer Research at Stanford University and the Chief Scientist at Dolby Laboratories, a leading global innovator and developer of audio, imaging, and voice technologies. An advocate for the kind of technology that learns more about us as we use it, Dr. Crum works to bridge the gap between rapidly evolving technology and insightful, more effective human interaction.


The Future of Payment Innovation for Complex Populations

Vikki Wachino, Principal, Viaduct Consulting LLCA keynote address by Vikki Wachino, Principal, Viaduct Consulting LLC

Medicaid and other payers are innovating new payment approaches to incentivize quality, efficiency, and coordination. What do these new, “value-based” models mean for services for people with I/DD and how do they differ from fee-for-service? Can providers, individuals with I/DD and families play a leadership role in developing payment innovations? How?

About Vikki

Vikki Wachino is principal of Viaduct Consulting, LLC, a boutique consulting firm that advises mission-driven organizations on health care policy, strategy and operations for people with complex health and social needs. She previously served as Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, where she was responsible for all policy and operations for the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs, which serve more than 70 million people.

Vikki has also served in leadership roles at the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, NORC at the University of Chicago, and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. She is a graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Mount Holyoke College.


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.

Speakers

  • 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!

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!

Fees

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

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.

Questions?

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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

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]

or

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.

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.

Exhibitors

AbleLink Smart Living Technologies

AmeriHealth Caritas

Arlington Heritage Group

Butler Human Services Furniture

CapGrow Partners

CaraSolva

Core Solutions, Inc.

CQL: The Council on Quality and Leadership

DirectCourse

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. 

Sengistix

SimplyHome, LLC

Sprint Corporation 

SteadyCare

Tarrytown Expocare Pharmacy

University of Minnesota ICI/RTC on Community Living

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

Questions?

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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)

SUNDAY, May 5

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

MONDAY, May 6

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

TUESDAY, May 7

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)

Lunch
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. 

WEDNESDAY, May 8

Registration Open
7:30 am-4 pm

Breakfast
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

Lunch
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

THURSDAY, May 9

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

Bridges to Better Outcomes marks ANCOR’s most compelling Annual Conference agenda yet, and we’ve planned the Pre-Conference Sessions, Keynote Addresses, Plenary Sessions, Breakout Sessions and more to help you take I/DD services to the next level.

Sessions are organized along five Conference Tracks:

  • Agency Operations: Efficient operations, performance management and strategic partnerships
  • Direct Services: High-quality care or services provided for individuals with disabilities
  • Leadership: Leadership-skills building sessions
  • Technology: Technology that enables independent living and/or more efficient agency operations
  • Workforce: Career development, training, and recruitment and retention strategies

Note: The sessions below are Concurrent Sessions unless otherwise noted. Although the sessions listed below represent the vast majority of our conference programming, please note that these sessions are subject to change, and new sessions may be added.

Agency Operations Sessions

Monday, May 6 (Pre-Conference)
  • Paying for Outcomes, Defining Value: Getting Beyond the Value-Based Payments Hype
Tuesday, May 7
  • The Intersection Between Outcomes and Fiscal Health: A Case Study from New York
  • I/DD Health Care: Then, Now & Next
  • Understanding Barriers to Self-Directed Services and Supports: The Provider Perspective
Wednesday, May 8
  • Bridging the Gap: HCBS Outcome Measurements
  • Challenges and the Future of ICF/IIDs
  • Collaboration at its Finest: College-to-Career Partnerships for Success
  • It’s About Privacy: A Tour Through HIPAA Impacts in Everyday Operations, Including EVV
  • Lessons Learned from the HCBS Business Acumen Learning Collaboratives
  • Survival of the Fittest: Business Tools for Competitive Edge

Visit the Agency Operations Conference Track for session descriptions and speakers.

 

Direct Services Sessions

Monday, May 6 (Pre-Conference)
  • Lessons from Hacienda: Preventing Sexual Assault, Abuse, Neglect and Misappropriation of Funds
Tuesday, May 7
  • Community-Based Dementia-Capable Housing for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Focusing Services on Competitive Integrated Employment: A Research-Based Approach
  • Individual Car Ownership as a Means to Resolve Mobility Issues
  • ANCOR Film Festival: Hearts of Glass – A Community Story of Innovation and Employment (film with discussion)
Wednesday, May 8
  • Siblings of People with Special Needs: Unique Concerns & Opportunities

Visit the Direct Services Conference Track for session descriptions and speakers.

 

Leadership Sessions

Monday, May 6 (Pre-Conference)
  • Leadership Decision-Making
Tuesday, May 7 
  • The Art of Servant Leadership
  • Leadership Decision-Making

Visit the Leadership Conference Track for session descriptions and speakers.

 

Technology Sessions

Tuesday, May 7
  • Changing Lives and Achieving Independence through Enabling Technology
  • Technology-Leveraged Service Models that Redefine What’s Possible for Independent Living
  • Telemedicine: A Simple, Proven Technology You Aren't Using. Why Not?

Visit the Technology Conference Track for session descriptions and speakers.

 

Workforce Sessions

Tuesday, May 7
  • 2019 Moving Mountains Awardee: St. Coletta of Wisconsin’s Moonshot Initiative
  • A Lean System Applied: Recruiting, Retaining and Engaging Direct Support Professionals
  • The Graduates: The Next Generation Shaping the Future of I/DD Services
  • ANCOR Film Festival: Invaluable - The Profession of Direct Support (film with discussion)
Wednesday, May 8
  • Employee Engagement Strategies: From Vision to Execution
  • Investment in Leadership: The Road to Improved Organizations

Visit the Workforce Conference Track for session descriptions and speakers.

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.

 

Registration

Register Your DSP