Events and Membership 

Preliminary Program (times are approximate)

A detailed preliminary conference program, including breakout session descriptions, is now available. 

Continuing Education Credits: This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886740100-3848) for 8 continuing education contact hours.

2017 Conference Schedule (times approximate)

Tuesday Evening, Oct 10Private Reception for Lifespan Respite Grantees and Partners and Invited Guests 5 - 7 PM
Wednesday, October 11Lifespan Respite Grantee and Partner Learning Symposium (invitation only)
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 8:30 AM - 3 PM
Wednesday Evening, Oct 11Opening Reception for 2017 National Lifespan Respite Conference at the Huntsville  Museum of Art (six minute walk from the hotel). For those who would like to tour the museum, it will be open at 2 PM for conference attendees at no charge. 4 PM - 8 PM
Thursday, October 12Conference Day 1 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday, October 13Conference Day 2 8:30 AM - 3 PM

Call for Presentations

The Call for Presentations is now closed and selected presenters have been notified.

Registration is now open. Register Here Now!  Early registration ends September 8, 2017.

Registration Rates

ARCH Paid Member - Early Registration   $295
Non-Member - Early Registration  $395
ARCH Paid Member - Late Registration  $345
Non-Member - Late Registration  $445
Alabama Resident  $295
Presenter  $320
Hotel Information

The conference will be held at the Embassy Suites, 800 Monroe Street, Huntsville, AL.  A room block has been reserved for conference and Learning Symposium attendees. Special conference room rates will be available until September 26, 2017 or until the room block is sold out whichever comes first. Be sure to reserve your room early. For more information, visit this link.

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Information

All levels of sponsorship are welcome and available. Exhibitors are also welcome. For more information, please visit Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities. 

Cancellation Policy 

If you cancel your conference registration before October 2, 2017, you will be entitled to a full refund of the registration fee that you paid. On or after October 2, a late cancellation fee of $50 will be withheld from your reimbursement. On or after October 5, 2017, no refund will be permitted.

Take Off with Respite!

The Alabama Lifespan Respite Network, in collaboration with the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center, will host the 2017 National Lifespan Respite Conference in Huntsville, AL, October 11-13, 2017. The conference will be preceded by the Lifespan Respite Grantee and Partner Learning Symposium for grantees and partners only on October 11, 2017.

The theme for the conference, Take Off with Respite, is not only a nod to the incredible history of the space industry in Huntsville, AL, also known as Rocket City USA, but also reflects the mission of respite care services. To take off is to move forward quickly, rise to meet challenges, heighten awareness, and push innovation. This phrase can also mean to take a break, relax and rejuvenate. The conference will create the "space", inspiration and momentum needed in order to prepare our organizations to take flight in the mission to support the nation’s family caregivers.

Previous national respite conferences have been very successful, and we expect no less from the 2017 conference in Huntsville! The conference will offer valuable, up-to-date information for families, professionals and other stakeholders related to respite supports for caregivers. Conference keynote speakers and breakout sessions will offer a multitude of opportunities to “connect the stars” in the constellation between the Lifespan Respite Care Program and other respite programs and initiatives that support caregivers.

For more information:

Contact Melissa Terry at the Alabama Lifespan Respite Resource Network or Jill Kagan at ARCH.


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