Events and Membership 

Call for Presentations

The Call for Presentations is now closed.

Every effort will be made to notify presenters by May 22, 2017.

Download Call for Presentations (pdf)  

Please read the Call for Presentations in its entirety before completing a presenter application form to ensure that your proposal meets the conference guidelines. 

Presenter Application Form (online)    

Before completing the application form, be sure to read through the instructions as directed here.

Target Audience

This national conference is intended for everyone who supports family members and family caregivers of individuals across all ages. Anyone who is affected by Alzheimer’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, ALS, Autism, Down Syndrome, ADHD, intellectual or developmental disabilities, mental health and behavioral health issues, or any other disabling or chronic condition has a stake in significant caregiver issues. Families of or providers to military wounded soldiers or veterans, kinship caregivers or providers, and those working with families at risk of abuse or neglect will also have much to gain from attending this conference. The audience will include family caregivers, persons with disabilities, older adults, parents, grandparents, guardians, respite providers, social workers, case managers, program managers, nurses, researchers, advocates, direct support staff, teachers, leaders of faith‐based organizations, policy makers, and other community/business leaders who influence and shape the role of respite in the support network.

What benefits do YOU gain from presenting at the Conference?

  • You gain visibility and recognition as a national leader on Lifespan Respite.
  • You are provided an opportunity to network with and learn from other professionals and caregivers from across the nation.
  • You will have the satisfaction of sharing best practices to improve Lifespan Respite systems and services.
  • You will receive a $75 discount off the “early bird” registration cost of $395, reducing the cost of the conference registration for presenters to just $320. (The Presenter’s Code you will receive if your proposal is accepted needs to be included on the Registration Form.)

Presentation Formats

The conference will offer 75-minute time slots for breakout sessions. Presenters are encouraged to incorporate the Take Off with Respite theme, targeting one of the five topic areas and/or the Lifespan Respite Track listed below. Please think of creative ways to inform, engage, and energize the workshop audience. Each presentation should include at least three learning objectives.

Presenters are welcomed and encouraged to develop interactive sessions that engage participants in discussion, networking, and an open exchange of ideas. You are also welcome to develop a proposal with one or two other speakers on a related topic.
The conference review committee retains the right to combine presentations with others u
nder similar topics. Presenters will be notified in advance if this occurs.

Breakout rooms will be set up “theater” style or with round tables to accommodate 50-75 participants. If your proposed session or presentation requires a different space set up, it must be indicated on the application form. We will not be able to guarantee your preferred arrangement, but we will do our best to accommodate your needs.


We are looking for Presentation/Workshop proposals that focus on respite care, but cross over multiple disciplines, reflecting the wide range of options required and utilized by caregivers across the lifespan. Proposals should target one of five topic areas and/or the Lifespan Respite Track described below. Some possible session ideas are included for each of the topical areas, but you are not limited to these. Be creative!

Topic Areas and Suggested Session Ideas

Service Delivery Options throughout the Lifespan:

  • Innovative respite provider recruitment, training or credentialing programs
  • In-home respite
  • Volunteer respite
  • Faith-based models
  • Consumer-directed respite
  • Respite for family caregivers of populations with specific conditions
Aging and frail elderly
Individuals with Alzheimer’s or other dementias
Individuals with neurological conditions (e.g., ALS, MS, Parkinson’s)
Children or adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities
Children or adults with special medical needs
Children or adults with autism
Children or adults with mental health issues
Other underserved populations (individuals with spinal cord or brain injury, cancer, etc)
  • Respite for military families or Veterans 
  • Respite for grandparents or kinship caregivers
  • Respite for adopted children or children in foster care
  • Health and safety issues in respite service delivery
  • Respite for culturally unique populations (e.g. Asian, African-American, Native American, Hispanic family caregivers and recipients)
  • Respite for LGBT family caregivers and care recipients
  • Emergency respite
  • Rural respite
  • Respite in hospice or end-of-life situations
  • Respite as abuse and neglect prevention/crisis nurseries and crisis care
  • Behavior management in respite settings
  • Overnight/weekend respite models
  • Therapeutic respite care
  • Adult day care or facility-based respite

Evaluation and Research:

  • Evidence-based or evidence-informed practices
  • Documenting cost-benefits of respite
  • Family caregiver satisfaction with respite
  • Respite as abuse prevention - is it effective?
  • Outcome-based evaluation
  • Performance measurement and data collection
  • Measuring systems change and respite access
  • Needs assessments and environmental scans

Family Caregivers:

  • What does respite mean for you?
  • Formal versus informal respite support: Do you have a preference?
  • Respite as a stress reducer
  • Benefits of respite for caregiver health and well-being
  • Respite cooperatives
  • Sibling caregivers
  • Youth caregivers
  • How to make the most of your respite time
  • Finding and paying for respite
  • Training your own respite providers
  • Consumer-directed respite: Is it for you?
  • Respite responsiveness to cultural diversity
  • Immigrant-refugee family caregivers' awareness and use of respite
  • Caregiver assessment: Is respite meeting your specific respite needs?
  • How to advocate for respite policy change

New Partnerships and Business Development:

  • Employer or corporate sponsored respite
  • Partnering with local businesses to support respite
  • Use of new technology in respite delivery
  • Business aspects of respite delivery and best practices
  • Developing a business or strategic plan
  • Creative partnerships and collaboration for respite
  • Engaging and retaining new stakeholder
  • Working with managed care organizations or health insurance companies

Advocacy, Networking, and Sustainability:

  • State Respite Coalition building and sustainability
  • State Respite Coalition best practices
  • Working with State Legislatures
  • Federal and state policy
  • Developing advocacy skills
  • Identifying respite funding sources
  • Ensuring sustainability through partnerships
  • Conducting respite outreach, public awareness and information dissemination
  • Innovative sustainability plans for respite services and systems

Important Instructions for Application Submission

All presenter applications must be completed online. Be sure to view the Call for Presentations Application Form carefully to be certain you describe all aspects of your proposal and complete each required section before you submit the application online. To review the questions in advance, as well as instructions for completing the form, click here.

Proposal Submissions and Deadline

The Call for Presentations Application Form must be completed in full and submitted no later than March 31, 2017. Please submit your proposal online. To be considered, all proposals must be submitted online by the deadline and include all information requested on the application form.

We will make every effort to respond to all applications no later than May 22, 2017.

Presenter Registration Fees

All presenters will be required to be registered for the conference. Approved presenters will receive a $75 discount off of the “early bird” registration cost for ARCH non-members ($395), reducing the cost of registration for presenters to just $320. 

Please note, if you are selected as a presenter and you are an ARCH Paid Member or an Alabama resident, you are entitled to a $100 discount off of the “early bird” registration fee of $395 (registration $295). Only one discount can be applied.

An approved presenter’s registration must be completed and paid for by July 17, 2017 for the presenter’s session to be included in the conference. Presenters will receive a Presenter’s Discount Code when notified of the proposal’s acceptance. This code must be used when registering to receive the $75 presenter discount. If you are an Alabama resident, you will receive a distinct discount code and ARCH paid members registration will be automatically calculated when you log in with your membership ID to register.

The registration fee will not be waived for presenters. In addition, hotel, travel, per diem, and other associated costs are the responsibility of each presenter.

AV Equipment

All breakout sessions will include a PowerPoint package which includes a podium with laptop computer, LCD projector and screen. Internet may be available. Presenters will be responsible for costs associated with any additional equipment required. Contact Melissa Terry if you have questions or additional requests.

Proposal Review Process

All complete proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Planning Committee using the following criteria:
  • Practical applicability to the conference theme Take Off with Respite!
  • Usefulness of the information, skills, and/or ideas for the intended audience
  • Contributions to new or innovative practices
  • Intent to stimulate active engagement of participants
  • Presenter’s qualifications and experience
  • Use of instructional aids
We reserve the right to request modifications to a proposal before a final decision is made. We also reserve the right to combine presentations with similar topics in one session. Presenters will be notified in advance if this should occur.

Dates to Remember

National Lifespan Respite Conference: Oct 11-13, 2017
Call for Presentations Deadline: March 31, 2017
Presenter Notification:  May 22, 2017
Presenter Registration Payment DueJuly 17, 2017


Please contact the Alabama Lifespan Respite Network with any questions you may have at mterry@ucphuntsville.org

Visit the main Conference Website for more information.


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