OACB 2021 Spring Conference

Virtual sessions start at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m., or 1:45 p.m.
on the following dates: May 11-13, May 18-20, and May 25-27, 2021.


 A Flexible, Remote Training Experience

We are pleased to announce that registration is open in MemberConnect for all sessions of the upcoming, all-virtual OACB 2021 Spring Conference, which will take place via the Zoom platform on the following dates: May 11-13, May 18-20, and May 25-27. Sessions will begin at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:45 p.m. on the dates listed above

This flexible, virtual model makes the entire event open to all attendees, who are welcome to mix and match from various tracks and attend as many of the event's 29 sessions as they like. As with the 2020 Annual Convention, no sessions overlap, which means no scheduling conflicts!

In response to member feedback, we have also added 15-minute breaks between sessions of the virtual Spring Conference to give attendees more time to get from one presentation to the next.

Each virtual session of the Spring Conference has its own registration in MemberConnect. All sessions are priced as marked in MemberConnect and the Conference program (linked below). Full session details and registration links can be found in the Conference program.

Conference Dates

Week 1:
May 11-13, 2021
Week 2:
May 18-20, 2021
Week 3:
May 25-27, 2021

Sessions are scheduled four per day—starting at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m.,
12:30 p.m., or 1:45 p.m.—on the above dates.

Professional Development Tracks

Community Outreach
Early Intervention
Equity and Inclusion
Family Partnerships
Health, Safety, and Wellness
Human Resources
Leadership and Finance
Nursing NEW!

All sessions will be submitted for approval for Superintendent credit from DODD. Applicable sessions will be submitted for early intervention and investigative agent credit. OACB will ensure all sessions meet requirements for SSA, Business Manager, and Board Member credits.

Frequently Asked Questions
and Additional Information

Why a Virtual Spring Conference?
OACB is holding the Spring Conference remotely in response to members' continued safety concerns regarding COVID-19 and their stated preference for a remote event. In February, OACB polled a wide cross section of county professionals on the feasibility of holding an in-person Spring Conference. An overwhelming majority of county board managers and staff shared that they would be unlikely to attend if the event was held in person but likely or very likely to participate if it was held remotely. A virtual event is the best way for OACB to respond to those preferences, keep participants safe, and continue to provide professional development opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Will OACB return to in-person events?
Yes, but the timing for this will depend on the evolving public health situation. While the state is making encouraging progress in the fight against COVID-19 as of spring 2021, OACB cannot promise a return to in-person programming by a specific date. The association understands that many members prefer in-person professional development, and we hope to be able to offer that attendance option safely in the near future as the public health situation continues to improve.

Registering for Conference Sessions
Each Conference session will have separate registration in MemberConnect, OACB's online member services portal. An account is required to register. Click here to sign up for a MemberConnect account. This is the only registration method for 2021 Spring Conference sessions. There is no general registration for the entire event. Attendees can browse sessions in the forthcoming Conference program.

Each session will have a unique link and pass code that will be sent automatically to the email address tied to each registrant's account. Attendees will receive a unique email for each session registration they complete. Each email will also include a link to an .ics file that can be used to add the session to one's digital calendar. Registration for each session closes once that session begins.

CPDUs and Attendance Requirements
Sessions in the Conference program and the MemberConnect events interface will list the types of professional credit for which OACB has applied for that session. This is included for planning purposes only and is not a guarantee that all credit types listed will be approved by DODD. In order to receive CPDUs, participants must be registered independently through MemberConnect for all sessions they plan to attend and then take part in those sessions live through the Zoom app or web client with their full name clearly displayed in the meeting in order to be marked present.

Pricing and Billing
Sessions are priced as marked. Sessions led by state/county employees that address general DD system updates are free of charge. All other one-hour sessions are $25 per registrant. Two-hour sessions are $50 per registrant.

Organizations will receive an itemized invoice for all billable attendance for all participating employees within 30 days of the Conference's final session. Upfront payment is not required to register for sessions. Attendees with developmental disabilities will not be billed.

If you are a person with a developmental disability, simply check the appropriate box in the first step of the MemberConnect registration process when you sign up to attend a session. You will not receive a bill for your participation.

Am I required to complete session evaluations to claim CPDUs?
Yes. Evaluations are critical to improving our events and meeting members' long-term needs. They are quick and easy to complete. We ask that you complete a session evaluation for each session you attend.

Why is a session that I attended not appearing under "My Events" in MemberConnect?
If you attended a session and it is not appearing, then you were either not registered for the session properly or did not attend the Zoom meeting for the majority of the session time, prompting our events team to mark you absent.

How does OACB take attendance for virtual sessions?
Zoom requires participants to enter their email address and provides OACB with the entry and exit time of all webinar attendees. If you were not checked in for a session, it is likely that you were not registered or did not attend fully.

I know I attended a session, but it will not appear in "My Events" in MemberConnect.
Technical mistakes and glitches do happen! If you believe our attendance records to be in error, please send an email to training@oacbdd.org with your full name, title and organization as well as the date, time, and title of the session in question so we can investigate. OACB cannot satisfactorily respond to inquiries that do not include that information, and not including it will delay how quickly we can assist you.

Can I claim credit for a session if I cannot attend due to a reason outside my control?
No. As is the case with in-person trainings, participants must take part in the session in order to receive credit. Even if you could not attend due to an unforeseen issue such as a tech problem, work emergency, or personal illness, OACB is still obligated to consider that an absence. The association cannot attest to your participation if you did not participate.

Will my organization be billed for paid sessions that I register for but do not attend?
No. Billing will only be processed if you registered for a session(s) that has an attendance fee and participated in said session(s) live via Zoom. If you missed a paid session for any reason, don't worry—your organization will not be billed.

Can I make up missed sessions for credit?
No. OACB is unable to offer credit for make-up sessions at this time.

I watched a session with a colleague, but I did not register separately. May I claim CPDUs?
No. Registration is required for all participants claiming CPDUs so OACB can accurately track attendance and—for paid sessions—billing. There is no penalty for watching sessions without first registering in MemberConnect, but you cannot claim CPDUs for doing so. This is because OACB has no way to verify your participation.

Will recordings of sessions be available to watch?
Session recordings can be made available upon request. To request a recording, please send an email to training@oacbdd.org with the phrase "Session Recording Request" in the email subject line. To make a request, your email must include the name of the session. Please note that editing and posting video recordings of sessions require a significant commitment of staff time, and staff may be unable to prioritize this process until the Conference concludes. We thank you in advance for your understanding and patience.

Questions and Contact
Registration and billing questions should be directed to Lana Beddoes at lbeddoes@oacbdd.org. Questions about MemberConnect accounts and troubleshooting should be directed to Erich Hiner at ehiner@oacbdd.org.