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Top Disability Services Conferences For 2024

Your guide to 40+ of the best disability services conferences and events happening around the country in 2024.

In 2024, the field of disability services continues to evolve, innovate, and shape the future of inclusivity. 

 

To help you be a part of this transformative conversation, we’ve compiled a list of over 40 of the best disability services conferences and events happening in 2024.  

 

From engaging discussions on employment strategies, community integration, and education to explorations of leadership, workforce strategies, and pivotal policy reforms, these events will ignite change and unveil new possibilities within the disability services realm in the year ahead. 

 

Our list is organized by month, including the location and the organizer’s website description, to make it easier to plan your calendar. Many conference dates are still TBD, so we’ll update this list throughout the year. Be sure to bookmark this page and subscribe to our email list for additional information. 

Disability Services Conferences by Month

Key: (A) SETWorks Attending; (P) SETWorks Presenting

January

LIFE Conference Delaware  

Date: January 24, 2024 

Location: Dover, DE 

Website description: “The mission of the LIFE Conference is to be at the forefront of providing information, educational resources and opportunities for persons with disabilities, their families, caregivers, educators and providers. The primary goal of the LIFE Conference is to promote and support full community integration by focusing on the four areas of Legislation, Independence, Families, and Education.  The LIFE Conference offers its attendees the opportunity to learn, network, and participate in sessions designed to share information with all participants, including policy makers and the general public.” 

February

March

National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA) Winter Virtual Summit 

Date: March 6-7, 2024 

Location: Virtual 

Website description: “The 2024 NADSA Winter Virtual Summit is scheduled for Wednesday, March 6 and Thursday, March 7. Join us for five interactive learning sessions with each focused on helping Adult Day Services (ADS) centers increase revenue and enhance the already valuable services provided to participants.” 

 

 

New Jersey Association of Community Providers (NJACP) Annual Conference (A)  

Date: March 21-22, 2024 

Location: Atlantic City, NJ 

Website description: “NJACP will hold its first in person conference since 2019 on March 21 and 22, 2024! We are excited to be back with an in-person conference, at Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. And so much is being planned for our “Return to Conference.” We are determined to make out first conference back a memorable one, filled with insightful break-out sessions on current topics of interest to all those who serve the I/DD community, while providing plenty of opportunities for our attendees to network, enjoy the in-person experience again, and have a GREAT time!” 

 

 

2024 Annual Disability Statistics Conference  

Date: March 28, 2024 

Location: Virtual  

Website description:  “This collection makes finding and using disability statistics easier for individuals working on legislative and other matters relating to persons with disabilities.” 

 

April

ANCOR Connect 2024 (P) 

Date: April 8-10, 2024 

Location: Santa Fe, NM 

Website description: “The ANCOR Annual Conference is now ANCOR Connect! Join members of your community for three days in historic Santa Fe, New Mexico, to explore how our collective power better equips us to adapt, thrive and stay ahead of the curve in an ever-changing landscape. Because when we work together, we accomplish amazing things. 

 

More: Check out the SETWorks team’s top takeaways from the 2023 ANCOR annual conference 

 

 

National Association of Benefits & Work Incentives (NABWIS) Conference  

Date: April 17-18, 2024 

Location: Virtual 

“NABWIS (National Association of Benefits & Work Incentives) conference will be held on April 17-18th virtually over Zoom in 50-minute sessions, including a short Q&A.  Each session will provide live captioning services to attendees and ASL interpreters upon request. NABWIS will provide tech support and session moderators.” 

 

 

New York Alliance For Inclusion & Innovation Annual Conference  

Date: April 17-19, 2024 

Location: Bolton Landing, NY  

Website description: “The New York Alliance for Inclusion & Innovation is pleased to announce that the 2024 Pre & Annual Conference will take place on April 16, 17, 18 & 19, 2024 at The Sagamore in Bolton Landing, NY.” 

 

 

Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association (DDNA) Annual Education Conference  

Date: April 18-21, 2024 

Location: Orlando, FL 

Website description: “We invite everyone to join us in Orlando,FL April 18-21 2024. By attending, you will have the opportunity to earn over 20 hours of nursing CEs, network with fellow DD nurses, and connect with our industry leading sponsors/exhibitors!”  

 

 

North Carolina Training, Instruction, Development and Education (NC TIDE) Conference 

Date: April 22-24, 2024 

Location: Wilmington, NC 

Website description: “Preparations are already underway to ensure #NCTIDE24 is the best conference yet!!” 

 

 

MASWM Annual Workshop Meeting  

Date: April 24-26, 2024 

Location: TBD 

Website description: “Plans are under way to make the spring MASWM conference something special! We will host Dr. Amy Lutz at the event, on April 25. Dr. Lutz has an adult son with severe intellectual disabilities, and she has been a vocal supporter of 14(c). She is the author of “Chasing The Intact Mind How The Severely Autistic and Intellectually Disabled Were Excluded.” We’ll provide more information as soon as it’s available.” 

May

The Arc Illinois 74th Annual Convention 

Date: May 1-2, 2024 

Location: Normal, IL/Virtual  

Website description: “The Arc of Illinois 74th Annual Convention will be presented in a hybrid format! A track of breakout sessions will be presented in Spanish.” 

 

 

Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA) Business Retreat 

Date: May 2-3, 2024 

Location: Toledo, OH 

Website description: Coming soon! 

 

 

The Arc Oregon 2024 Self-Advocacy Convention 

Date: May 2-4, 2024 

Location: TBD 

Website description: “Join us for an all-new SELF-ADVOCACY CONVENTION, planned and hosted by self-advocates across Oregon. Brought to you by Disability Rights Oregon and The Arc Oregon. This multi-day event will take place in person at a location to be determined. Scholarships and grants will be available to cover registration fees, travel, and lodging for self-advocates. More information will be provided when registration opens.” 

 

 

Iowa Association of Community Providers (IACP) Annual Conference (P)  

Date: May 7-9, 2024 

Location: Coralville, IA  

Website description: “You are invited to IACP Annual Conference 2024 to be held May 7-9, 2024 in Coralville, Iowa. Join us as we explore the essence of nurturing, growing and strengthening the bonds that tie us together while relentlessly advocating for healthy communities, hence our theme, Cultivating Community.” 

 

 

Maryland Association of Community Services (MACS) Direct Support & Supervision Conference 

Date: May 8-10, 2024 

Location: Ocean City, MD 

Website description: “Conference information coming soon” 

 

Association on Aging with Developmental Disabilities Conference

Date: May 20-21, 2024 

Location: St Charles, MO

Website description:

“Join an expected 350 aging and/or developmental disability professionals seeking information from national and local experts who will share best support models/practices and the most current information on aging with developmental disabilities through four plenary sessions and four concurrent breakout tracks. Professionals in attendance will include direct support professionals, case managers, nurses, pharmacists, administrators and many more.”

June

Missouri Rehabilitation Association (MRA) Annual Conference (A) 

Date: June 12-14, 2024 

Location: Osage Beach, MO 

Website description: “MRA is pleased to host another great opportunity to gather and learn as a community at our annual state training conference. This year’s theme is: Engage, Equip, & Empower for Sustainable Success. We are striving to create formal and informal opportunities for people to meet, share ideas, build on already strong programs, and provide an atmosphere of inclusion and innovation.” 

 

 

 

2024 National Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) Conference (A) 

Date: June 18-20, 2024 

Location: Charlotte, NC 

Website description: “The APSE community, with a membership of over 2,000 dedicated individuals, firmly believes in acknowledging and valuing each person’s unique abilities, promoting a culture of inclusivity and fairness where contributions are recognized and rewarded with fair pay. We understand that employment enriches and adds profound meaning to every life. Embracing diversity in workplaces and communities is a transformative force, enhancing collaboration, and fostering a richer sense of belonging for all.” 

 

 

The 2024 Open Minds Mergers, Acquisitions, & Affiliations Summit 

Date: June 19, 2024 

Location: TBD 

Website description: “Join us for the 2024 OPEN MINDS Mergers, Acquisitions, & Affiliations Summit and discover the challenges, opportunities, and current market trends that are driving the success of MA&A through four in-depth case study presentations featuring executives from leading provider organizations and private equity firms. This year’s event will bring together a variety of leadership perspectives from across the industry to create a comprehensive look at the key strategies for finding long term success through specialty MA&A.” 

 

 

The 2024 OPEN MINDS Children’s Services Executive Summit 

Date: June 20, 2024 

Location: TBD 

Website description: “Join us for the 2024 OPEN MINDS Children’s Services Summit and discover how leading provider organizations are staying ahead of the competition with innovative approaches to serving the most vulnerable population. Throughout the summit attendees will take a deep dive into the intricacies of three distinctive case studies where organizations will share their successful approaches to identifying the right model, efficiently managing budgets, allocating time and costs, and establishing pivotal partnerships with managed care organizations.” 

July

Association on Higher Education & Disability (AHEAD) Equity & Excellence International Conference  

Date: July (TBD) 

Location: TBD 

Website description: “AHEAD’s annual international conference is its hallmark event. Now in its 46th year, Equity & Excellence: Access in Higher Education draws approximately 1,500 participants from around the world for a week of extraordinary professional development and networking. Presenters and participants come from diverse fields, including education, technology, law, scholarship, and government, but share a common interest in fostering equitable higher education experiences for disabled individuals.”  

August

Missouri Behavioral Health Council Tiered Support Summit 

Date: August 5-6, 2024 

Location: Columbia, MO 

Website description: TBD 

 

 

Home & Community-Based Services (HCBS) Conference    

Date: August 18-22, 2024 

Location: Baltimore, MD  

Website description: “The Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Conference is ADvancing States’ national conference that annually brings together state, federal, and local policymakers as well as leaders who administer, manage, and deliver waiver and other HCBS programs.  The purpose of the HCBS Conference is to share practices and policies that improve state systems delivering long-term services and supports (LTSS) for all ages and abilities.”  

September

California Disability Services Association (CDSA) Annual Meeting  (A) 

Date: September 10-12, 2024 

Location: Monterey, CA 

Website description: “In the fall, our members convene for a three-day conference for educational and informational sessions, networking, and to prepare CDSA for the year ahead. Members travel from all over the state and the location of the conference varies by year to promote accessibility by different regions. Member-led committees report on their work from the past year and develop plans that align with our larger goals. The Annual Meeting also offers educational sessions from industry experts, addressing the most relevant challenges our providers are facing.” 

 

 

2024 Missouri Behavioral Health Conference  

Date: September 11-13, 2024 

Location: Branson, MO 

Website description: “Plan to attend the 2024 Missouri Behavioral Health Conference in Branson, Missouri. The conference will occur at the Branson Convention Center on September 11-13, 2024. The 2024 Call for presentations is live. Submissions are due by March 15, 2024.” 

 

 

Rehabilitation & Community Providers Association (RCPA) Conference 

Date: Week of September 23, 2024 

Location: Hershey, PA 

Website description: “Save the Date for 2024 RCPA Conference at Hershey Lodge!” 

 

 

Pacific Northwest Employment Forum  

Date: September 23-25, 2024 

Location: Tacoma, WA 

Website description: “We are pleased to announce that the 10th annual Pacific Northwest Employment Forum will be in beautiful Tacoma, Washington at the Mariott Tacoma Downtown. Join us September 23-25 as we continue working together to expand Employment First in our states. The 2024 PNWEF is hosted by Washington APSE in collaboration with Oregon APSE and will bring together advocates and champions of Employment First to network and learn about the exciting things happening in our states.” 

 

 

Iowa Association for People Supporting Employment First (APSE) Annual Conference  

Date: September 24-25, 2024 

Location: Altoona, IA 

Website description: Check back often for more information to come. 

October

Missouri Association of County Developmental Disabilities Services (MACDDS) Annual Conference  

Date: October 9-11, 2024 

Location: Columbia, MO  

Website description: Coming soon! 

 

 

Interhab POWER UP Conference (A) 

Date: October 23-25, 2024 

Location: Manhattan, KS  

Website description: “Power Up! is an annual conference designed to inspire, educate, and empower professionals who support persons with disabilities. Power Up! features a keynote speaker, breakout sessions, and networking activities featuring speakers who further innovation and progress in disability services.”  

 

 

Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA) Fall Conference  

Date: October 24-25, 2024 

Location: Columbus, OH  

Website description: Coming soon!  

 

 

Maryland Association of Community Services (MACS) CEO & Leadership Conference 

Date: October 28-30, 2024 

Location: Cambridge, MD 

Website description: “Registration information coming soon” 

November

Michigan RE:CON Conference  

Date: November 26-28, 2024 

Location: Traverse City, MI 

Website description: “Participants will walk away with ideas to implement change, information on best practices, and equipped with the tools and resources to succeed. Through breakouts, workshops, panel discussions, and networking, they will be re:fueled and re:invigorated. Opportunities to engage with vendors and suppliers, support micro-enterprises, participate in wellness activities, and celebrate leaders and innovators, will leave participants ready to take on the challenges of our industry.” 

December

Details still to come

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