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2014 Lifespan Respite Learning Symposium for
Lifespan Respite Grantees and their Partners
October 10, 2014

Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN



The New York Times featured Nashville as one of the 52 places in the world that you should visit in 2014!

Final Conference Program

Call for Presentations   The Call for presentations is now closed. We hope to see you in Nashville! 

Conference Program: To see the conference schedule and program-at-a-glance, go to the Conference Program. You can also read more about the Keynote Speakers.

Registration: Registration is now open. To register, visit the Registration Site. Early registration rates have been extended until September 19, 2014
Registration Rates:
  • ARCH Paid Member - Early Bird - $275.00 (USD) on or before September 19, 2014.
  • ARCH Paid Member - Late Registration - $325.00 (USD) on or after September 20, 2014.
  • Non-ARCH Member - Early Bird - $375.00 (USD) on or before September 19, 2014.
  • Non-ARCH Member - Late Registration - $425.00 (USD) on or after September 20, 2014.
  • Presenter - $250.00 (USD)
  • Tennessee Resident - $275.00 (USD)
Conference Schedule  
  • October 7, 6-9 pm: Opening Program and Reception for National Lifespan Respite Conference
  • October 8-9, 8 am-5 pm: National Lifespan Respite Conference
  • October 10, 8 am-3 pm: Lifespan Respite Grantee/Partner Learning Symposium (restricted to state Lifespan Respite Grantees and designated stakeholders - by invitation only).
Sponsorship and Exhibitor Information
Welcome sponsors and exhibitors! Please consider sponsoring or exhibiting at the 2014 National Lifespan Respite Conference in Nashville, TN, to demonstrate your support and market your leadership in this important field. A variety of sponsorship and exhibitor options are described on the Sponsorship pages.
Hotel Information
The Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University, 2555 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN is the venue for this event. Special discounted conference rates are no longer available for conference and learning symposium attendees as the room block is now filled.  Rooms may be available at a higher rate.  
For alternative hotels within walking distance of the conference venue, click here.
For more information about the hotel, transportation, parking and location, click here.

The Sights and Sounds of Nashville 

The New York Times featured Nashville as one of the 52 places in the world that you should visit in 2014! For more on the great musical, cultural and historic sights of Nashville, click here.

Cancellation Policy 

If you cancel your conference registration before September 29, 2014, you will be entitled to a full refund of the registration fee that you paid. On or after September 29, a late cancellation fee of $50 will be withheld from your reimbursement.  On or after October 3, 2014, no refund will be permitted.



Get in Tune with Respite

The Tennessee Respite Coalition, in collaboration with the ARCH National Respite Network, will host the 2014 National Lifespan Respite Conference in Nashville, TN on October 7-9, 2014.  The theme for the conference is Get in Tune with Respite, reflecting the great musical city of Nashville and challenging conference attendees to learn and share how respite can create harmony for families in caregiving situations.
Previous conferences have been very successful, and we expect no less from the 2014 conference in Nashville!  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 dots” between the Lifespan Respite Care Program and other respite programs and initiatives that support caregivers. Come to Music City to join us for what we promise will be an unforgettable event!

Who Should Attend?

This conference is intended for everyone who supports family members and family caregivers of individuals across all ages throughout the Lifespan. Anyone who is affected by Alzheimer’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, ALS, Autism, Down Syndrome, ADHD, HIV, AIDS, intellectual or developmental disabilities, mental health and behavioral health issues, or any other disabling or chronic condition has a stake in this significant issue. Families or providers of 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 that influence and shape the role of respite in the support network.

For more information:

Contact Jennifer Abernathy at the Tennessee Respite Coalition or Jill Kagan at ARCH.



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