2017 LEAD! Conference & Expo

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
DCU Center
50 Foster Street
Worcester, MA 01608
Conference

ADDP INVITES YOU TO PARTICIPATE IN ITS LEAD! CONFERENCE & EXPO ON MAY 4, 2017

The LEAD! Conference 2017 tagline is "Inclusive Communities,” symbolizing a commitment to fight for active participation in and acceptance of everyone in their communities regardless of age, (dis)ability, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, and any other protected status. It is intended to represent acceptance of diversity across all populations and full, meaningful integration of everyone into their communities.

The conference will provide a space for professionals and advocates in the intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) community opportunities to hear the latest ideas, trends, practices, and policies impacting services; engage in discussions to generate new solutions; and network.

We're excited to welcome Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius to the stage as this year's keynote speaker! Kathleen Sebelius is one of America’s leading voices on health policy, health care reform, and human service delivery. From April 2009 through June 2014, she served in President Barack Obama’s Cabinet as Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, where she oversaw a trillion-dollar budget and a staff of nearly 90,000 employees. Read more about Kathleen Sebelius here.

THE 2017 LEAD! CONFERENCE IS SOLD OUT AT THE MOMENT. PLEASE CONTINUE TO REGISTER AND YOU WILL BE ADDED TO OUR WAITING LIST. YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED WHEN WE HAVE SEATS AVAILABLE.

ADMISSION:

AFTER 5:00 PM Friday April 7th:

$165 ADDP Member Admission
$155 Group of 10 ADDP Member Discount
$225 Non-Member Admission

The fee includes breakfast, lunch, presentations, as well as your participation in two professional development workshops!

The deadline to submit request for interpreter is Friday, April 14th. Deadline to submit dietary restrictions is Monday, April 24th.

Please note: we will not be accepting breakout session choices during registration. Attendees can choose which breakout session they would like to attend have the freedom to change their mind if necessary.

To log in and update your registration click here

Giveaways at the conference!

Exhibitor Bingo

Attendees will need to fill out required squares by visiting exhibitors the day of the conference to receive initials of exhibit booth staff. Participants who submit a completed bingo card will have a chance in a random drawing to win an Amazon Echo, sponsored by Foothold Technology!

Raffle

Thanks to Seven Hills Foundation, there will be four random drawings to pick winners who are direct support professionals. Each winner will receive a $125 gift card for their dedication to the field. Names will be announced during the award session, and winners can retrieve their prize at the conclusion of the afternoon breakout session at the top of the escalator on the third floor.

Breakout Sessions

Topics will cover: Commissioner round table, aging, autism and mental health, blindness etiquette, brain injury, access for culturally diverse families, ADDP/UMASS DD Leadership and Management Course panel, CBDS, disability benefits, assistive technology, nutrition, social inclusion policy, Zumba, and managed care.

View breakout session details

Lunch at the Conference

When registering, conference attendees will have the opportunity to list and dietary restrictions.

View Lunch Details

Award Ceremony Host

Candy O is a name just about everybody recognizes in Boston! Honored by her peers in 2015 as the Broadcaster of the Year, she spent 25 years on Magic 106.7 connecting with listeners in an authentic, memorable way. Candy is also an accomplished singer, actress, voice over pro, and master interviewer. Read more about Candy O

Schedule of the Day

8:00 a.m.

  • Registration and continental breakfast – Expo opens
  • Photo booth (exhibit booth #1)

9:00 a.m.

  • Program

10:30 a.m.

  • Photo opportunity with keynote speaker
  • Expo
  • Photo booth (exhibit booth #1)

11:00 a.m.

  • Morning breakout session

12:15 p.m.

  • Lunch

1:00 p.m.

  • Awards

1:40 p.m.

  • Expo

2:00 p.m.

  • Afternoon breakout session

3:00 p.m.

  • BINGO winner announced
  • Conclude

Parking information can be found here

Thank You To All Our Sponsors!
Keynote Sponsor
Silver Business Member Sponsor
Foothold Technology
Arbor Associates
Arlington Heritage Group
Therap Services, LLC
Annkissam LLC
Cambridge Savings Bank
Caffeine Connection Sponsor
Music Sponsor
Road To Responsibility
Registration Table Sponsor
Justice Resource Institute
LifeLinks, Inc.
Self-Determination Award Sponsor
Western Massachusetts Training Consortium
Exhibit Sponsor
AMS is now CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
Caruso & McGovern Construction, Inc.
Platinum Business Member Sponsor