Events and Membership 

2017 National Lifespan Respite Conference

  • Wednesday, October 11, 2017
  • 5:30 PM
  • Friday, October 13, 2017
  • 3:00 PM
  • Embassy Suites Huntsville Hotel, Huntsville, AL


  • on or before September 14, 2017.
  • on or after September 15, 2017.
  • on or before September 14, 2017.
  • on or after September 15, 2017.
  • Presenter rates are available to accepted conference presenters only.

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Embassy Suites Huntsville

800 Monroe Street | Huntsville, AL

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ARCH Paid Members, Invited Presenters, and Alabama Residents Receive a Registration Discount!

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This year's National Lifespan Respite Conference, Take Off with Respite, is hosted by Alabama Lifespan Respite in collaboration with the ARCH National Respite Network. The conference will be held at the Embassy Suites Huntsville Hotel on October 11-13, 2017.

The Lifespan Respite Grantee and Partner Learning Symposium will precede the conference on October 11, 2017, with a private reception for Lifespan Respite Grantees, Partners and invited guests the evening of October 10, 2017. (Learning Symposium and Oct 10 reception by invitation only; requires separate registration -- see below).

Conference Schedule
  • October 10, 2017, 5:00 pm-7:00 pm:
Private wine and cheese reception for Lifespan Respite Grantees, Partners and invited guests
  • October 11, 2017, 8:30 am-4:00 pm: 
Lifespan Respite Grantee/Partner Learning Symposium (restricted to state Lifespan Respite Grantees and designated stakeholders - by invitation only. Separate registration required).
  • October 11, 2017, 5:00 pm-10:00 pm:
Opening Reception for 2017 National Lifespan Respite Conference at Campus No. 805 - The South's Premier Eatery and Entertainment Venue. The reception will start in the ballroom of the Embassy Suites with drinks, networking, and opening remarks at 5:00 pm. Buses will depart for Campus No. 805 from the Embassy Suites at 6:15 PM.
  • October 12, 2017, 9:00 am-5:00 pm: 
Day 1 National Lifespan Respite Conference
  • October 13, 2017, 8:30 am-3:00 pm:
Day 2 - National Lifespan Respite Conference 

Conference Program

Preliminary Program Schedule 

Read more about Keynote Speakers announced to date. 

Conference Registration

Specially discounted early registration rates have been extended through September 14, 2017.

The public, including ARCH paid members, Alabama residents, invited Presenters, and non-members, may register here with a credit card that will be processed through PayPal or you may pay by check. If you pay by check or money order, please register online, print invoice and send payment to:

ARCH National Respite Network

Attn: National Respite Conference

c/o Dan Kutner

Chapel Hill Training-Outreach Project, Inc

800 Eastowne Drive, Suite 105

Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Questions regarding registration may be addressed to Jill Kagan.

Conference Registration Discounts:

Paid ARCH Member Discount. To join ARCH, visit the membership page or you can join during the registration process. If you are a current paid member, log in with your email address and password to receive the discounted rate automatically.

Alabama Resident Discount. If you are an Alabama resident, you can receive a special code to register by contacting Melissa Terry at mterry@ucphuntsville.org.

Conference Presenter Discount. If you submitted a presentation proposal and your proposal was accepted, you received a discount code at the time of notification. You will need the code to receive your conference discount. If the proposal includes more than one presenter, only you and up to two (2) co-presenters listed on the presenter application are entitled to and will receive the discount code.

Hotel Reservations

The Embassy Suites Huntsville Hotel at 800 Monroe Street, Huntsville, AL, is the venue for this event. See the map below for directions.

Special discounted conference rates of $119 per night (plus 13.00 % per room per night tax and a 1.00 USD per room per night secondary tax) from October 10, 2017 - October 13, 2017. The discounted room rates are also available on a limited basis on the nights of Oct. 8 and 9 prior to the conference dates and through Oct 15 following the conference. This rate is for single or double occupancy. An extra charge per person will apply for 3 or more guests sharing the same guestroom (Triple $129 and Quad $139). 

The room block will be available until September 26, 2017. However, please note that discounted room rates in the block are selling out quickly and probably will be sold out before this date. Please make your reservations as soon as possible.

All rooms are two-room suites. Rates include a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast each morning, and drinks and snacks every evening at the complimentary Evening Reception in the atrium.

Conference attendees will have free wireless access in guest rooms.

To check on availability and make a reservation, visit the Conference Hotel Registration Site or call Embassy Suites reservations at 1 (800) 560-7782 or 1 (256) 539-7373 and ask for the special National Respite Conference rates using the code "ALR".

Special Needs/Accommodations

For an ADA accessible sleeping room, please call the hotel and request it at the time you make your hotel reservation.

For all other reasonable accommodation requests, contact Melissa Terry at mterry@ucphuntsville.org. Requests must be made by September 1, 2017 in order to allow time to arrange for accommodations.

Additional Conference Information

For more information about the conference as it becomes available, please visit the Main Conference Website

For transportation to and from the airports, and to learn more about Alabama sights, please visit the conference website or contact Melissa Terry at mterry@ucphuntsville.org.

Welcome Sponsors and Exhibitors!

Consider becoming a conference sponsor, exhibitor or Friend of Respite. Many opportunities for supporting the conference and marketing your products, services, or brand are available. Please review the Sponsorship and Exhibitor information.

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.

Location and Directions

Conference hosted by:



Lifespan Respite Grantee and Partner Learning Symposium 

October 11, 2017 

8:30 am - 3:00 pm

with a wine and cheese reception the evening of October 10.

The Lifespan Respite Grantee and Partner Learning Symposium sponsored by the ARCH Lifespan Respite Technical Assistance Center precedes the National Lifespan Respite Conference on October 11, 2017, at the same location (reception on Oct 10 from 5-7 pm). There is no charge for the Grantee/Partner Symposium, but registration is required. You must be a Lifespan Respite grantee agency or a designated stakeholder from a State Respite Coalition or ADRC to attend. Participation is by invitation only.

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Preliminary agenda

For more information, contact Jill Kagan.

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The ARCH Lifespan Respite Technical Assistance Center project is supported,in part by grant number 90LT0002, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy. 


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