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National Lifespan Respite Conference

  • Tuesday, October 15, 2013
  • 6:00 PM
  • Thursday, October 17, 2013
  • 5:00 PM
  • Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers, Boston, MA


  • ARCH Members - Late registration
  • ARCH Members -Early registration, through Sept 26
  • MLRC members -
    registration through Oct 17, with code
  • Non-members - Late registration.
  • Non-Members - Early registration through September 26.
  • You may choose to attend for one day of your choice if you are a Mass resident.
  • Presenters - with code

Registration is closed

The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116

Registration Still Open!

ARCH Paid Members and Massachusetts Lifespan Respite Coalition Members Receive a Registration Discount!

To join ARCH and receive benefits immediately and all year long, visit here!

This year's National Lifespan Respite Conference, The Freedom Trail to Respite, is hosted by the Massachusetts Lifespan Respite Coalition in collaboration with the ARCH National Respite Network. The conference will be held at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers, October 15-17, 2013, followed by the Lifespan Respite Grantee and Partner Learning Symposium on October 18 (by invitation only; requires separate registration -- see below).

Conference Schedule
  • October 15, 6-9 pm: Opening Program and Reception for National Lifespan Respite Conference
  • October 16-17, 8 am-5 pm: National Lifespan Respite Conference
  • October 18, 8 am-3 pm: Lifespan Respite Grantee/Partner Meeting (restricted to state Lifespan Respite Grantees and designated stakeholders - by invitation only).

Final Conference Program Now Available

While some minor changes to the program may be made due to the closure of the federal government, to view or download the final conference program, click here.


Conference Registration

ARCH paid members, Massachusetts Lifespan Respite Coalition members, 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, please register online and send payment to the 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.
  • Massachusetts Lifespan Respite Coalition Member Discount. If you are a member of the MA Lifespan Respite Coalition (MLRC), you will be receiving a special code to register. If you would like to join the Massachusetts Lifespan Respite Coalition, please contact Joan Rafferty at info@massrespite.org.  There is no fee to join the MLRC, but you must live or work in Massachusetts and you need to contact the MLRC to sign up and receive the code.
  • Conference Presenter Discount. If you submitted a presentation proposal, and you have been notified that your proposal was accepted, you should have 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 the lead presenter is entitled to the discount.

Hotel Reservations

Hotel Rooms at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers at the conference rate are now sold out for Oct. 15-17. There may be a few rooms available at the government rate ($219). If you are a government employee, please call the hotel directly at 1-800-225-2008 or 617-426-2000 and ask for a room at the government rate. You must have appropriate identification to qualify and rooms are limited.  Please check hotels.com, expedia.com or other online hotel services to find additional rooms. Hotels within a short distance from the Boston Park Plaza (A) can be found on this map. Click on "View Larger Map" below to see additional area hotels.

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If you are still having difficulty, please contact conference@massrespite.org and we will try our best to assist you.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

You may  call the hotel toll free (1-800-225-2008) or call directly through The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers (617-426-2000).

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 conference@massrespite.org. Requests must be made by September 15, 2013 in order to allow time to arrange for accommodations.

Additional Conference Information

For more information about the conference as it becomes available, including conference sponsors and exhibit information, conference schedule, and transportation to and from the airports, please visit the Main Conference Page or contact conference@massrespite.org.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your conference registration before October 4, you will be entitled to a full refund of the registration fee that you paid. After October 4, a late cancellation fee of $50 will be withheld from your reimbursement.  After October 10, 2013, no refund will be permitted.

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Lifespan Respite Grantee and Partner Learning Symposium, October 18, 2013
The Lifespan Respite Grantee and Partner Learning Symposium follows the National Conference on October 18, 2013, at the same location. 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.

Please register separately for the grantee/partner symposium at the Lifespan Respite Grantee and Stakeholder page.  If you have not logged in on this site previously, you will need to join the group by clicking on "Join the Lifespan Respite Grantee and Stakeholder Group" on the left-hand menu of the page. Enter your contact information and select a password. You will be notified when your acceptance into the group has been approved. If you are already signed up for the group, log-in using your email address and password to register for the Grantee/Partner Symposium. For more information, contact Jill Kagan.


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