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Sponsors, Advertisers, Exhibitors

 

Bring Your Innovations and Best Practices
to the 2012 AUCD Conference

Become a 2012 Conference Partner:
Sponsor, exhibit or advertise!

Complete and submit the application at right no later than September 1, 2012 to secure your sponsorship, exhibitor space or advertisement!

Back by popular demand: Companies who turn in their sponsorship applications by August 1st will be entered into a drawing to receive a free ad or double their existing ad space!

Preparations are under way for the 2012 AUCD Conference "Innovating Today...Shaping Tomorrow: Promising Practices in Research, Policy, Education and Service", in Washington, DC on December 3-5. This year's theme offers a great forum for the sharing of ideas and innovations in and around the AUCD network that improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Benefits of Sponsorship

  • Interact with leaders at Universities and in Healthcare - with attendance increasing 20% every year
  • Direct contact with attendees
  • The 2012 Conference has a limited number of sponsorships, allowing you more direct contact with attendees
  • Inform professionals and practitioners within the disabilities, health, and education fields about your organization, product, or upcoming event
  • Network with faculty members, staff, students, policy makers, researchers, and family health professionals from around the world
  • Show your commitment to improving the lives of people with disabilities and their families

Attendees

  • More than 600 leaders in the disability community and the federal government
  • Directors of university training and research programs from the US and the world
  • Faculty and students from over 100 major universities and hospitals
  • Doctors, psychologists, nurses, and other allied health service providers
  • Family members and self-advocates in the disability community

Opportunities

Each sponsorship opportunity is connected to one major conference event at which you may be the sole sponsor, in addition to a number of highly desireable ways to connect with attendees and promote your business or brand, both before, during, and after the conference. Select any of the categories below, or scroll to browse them all.

 
 

 

Elite Partners                                        $10,000

 

Elite Partners are the highest giving level of the conference and enjoy the most benefits and visibility.

An Elite Partner has a unique placement at the AUCD Conference that allows for maximum visibility and networking with conference attendees. Opportunities are tailored to the desired return on investment of the Elite Partner and the natural opportunities for successful partnership, visibility and engagement within the conference structure itself. Elite Partners are expected to have strong ties with the conference theme, “Innovating Today: Shaping Tomorrow,” and committed to sharing industry innovations and best practices with conference attendees both at the meeting and beyond.

Elite Partners may select one of the following events to sponsor:

Opening Plenary

The opening plenary of the 2012 Conference will focus on the theme of innovation and best practices that will help shape the future of disability education, service, research, and policy. The Opening Plenary is the first major all-conference event and boasts a packed ballroom as well as impressive speakers with topics of particular interest to all conference attendees. This is where attendees get energized about the conference as well as about the great work being done, and is yet to be done, in the disability field. The Opening Plenary sponsor has the opportunity to help launch the meeting along with AUCD leadership and gain visibility with all attendees! (Keynote speakers are currently TBD.)

Conference App

Today's technology allows for the seamless exchange of information and ideas. Sponsor the newest feature of AUCD's Conference by supporting a mobile conference application feature for all attendees to utilize. Through the donation of products of sponsorship of a product, you can ensure that all conference attendees are fully engaged in what the AUCD Conference has to offer - the ability to network, innovate, share ideas and shape the tomorrow!

All Elite Partner benefits ALSO include:

  • Large corner exhibit booth in a prominent location
  • 4 complimentary meeting registrations plus sponsor ribbon on name badge
  • Full page color ad towards the front of the conference program
  • Listed in the conference program as the top sponsor and supporter of the 2012 conference
  • Introduce and/or be a significant part of the Monday opening plenary
  • Sponsor a major technology innovation or feature of the meeting
  • Invitation to network with AUCD leadership during the conference
  • 3 VIP seats at the opening plenary
  • Distribute your items at the AUCD Registration Table
  • Prominent signage at the opening plenary or other event
  • Acknowledgment throughout the conference
  • Organization logo on conference website
  • Access to pre- and post- attendee mailing list
  • Mention in promotional emails for the conference
  • “Sponsor Highlight” piece in the December 2012 AUCDigest, distributed to the entire AUCD network and beyond.

Premiere Partners                                   $5,000


Premiere Partners enjoy a high level of benefits at the AUCD conference.

Premiere Partners may select one of the following events to sponsor:

Conference Program

Sponsor the 2012 Conference Program, and your full pager, color ad will be featured on the back cover for all to see! Participants carry this guide with them throughout the conference and reference it long afterwards for information on what was learned, speakers and much more. The Conference Program contains all of the information that attendees need, including daily schedules, concurrent and poster session descriptions, bios, sponsor ads, and information on other upcoming meetings. Every attendee receives a Conference Program when they check in at the registration desk and is also accessible via the conference website!

Poster Session and Reception

Get name recognition and network with conference attendees at a unique AUCD conference event. The Poster Session and Reception takes place on the opening night of the conference, immediately following the opening plenary and is one of the premier programmatic events at the conference. Attended by almost all conference attendees, this event focuses on the great work and innovations of the AUCD network and beyond, allowing presenters to showcase their research and projects as well as providing valuable networking time for all attendees.

Federal Plenary

This Tuesday morning plenary session provides a forum for conference attendees to learn about up and coming policy initiatives from key federal representatives and others from Capitol Hill. Typically attended by all conference attendees, this event provides a great start to a day of learning and networking. Provide a brief introduction and get your materials on every chair at this major conference event! (Federal speakers are currently TBD.)

Awards Gala

Get your company name in front of AUCD leadership and honorees as attendees celebrate the accomplishments, innovations and dedication of those in the disability field at this formal Tuesday evening event. Awards Gala participants enjoy a relaxed and fun evening with a sit-down ceremony followed by a gala reception. The evening is packed with entertainment, special guests and much more! Your company information can be placed at each seat for the ceremony or be incorporated into the special gift that we leave at each plate setting!

All Premiere Partner benefits ALSO include:

  • 8x10 booth at a prominent location
  • 3 complimentary meeting registrations plus sponsor ribbon on name badge
  • Full page color ad in the conference program
  • Open the event by speaking about your company
  • 3 VIP seats at your sponsored event
  • Distribute your items at the event as well as at the AUCD Registration Table
  • Prominent signage at the event
  • Acknowledgment during the opening plenary of the conference
  • Organization logo on conference website
  • Access to pre- and post- attendee mailing list
  • Mention in promotional emails for the conference
  • Organization and logo included in the December 2012 AUCDigest, distrubted to the entire AUCD network and beyond

Premium Partner                                      $2,500

 

Premium Partners may select one of the following events to sponsor:

Directors Meeting and Luncheon

Interact closely with AUCD's Board of Directors and 120+ AUCD center leaders at the Monday morning Directors-only meeting and luncheon. This event provides an intimate opportunity to convey information to a select group of decision-makers at major university centers around the country as well as federal agency representatives. Make a brief introduction at the start of the meeting and stay for lunch to network!

Topical Symposium

With attendees selecting which Monday morning symposia to attend, this is access to a targeted audience while making a large impact. Each symposium focuses on cutting-edge practices from a variety of sources from inside and outside the AUCD network. The symposia have become a popular and substantive piece of the meeting as attendees are engaged around a particular topical area of interest ranging from education to service to policy. Sponsor one of these events and gain visibility for a specific initiative, program or service. These take place prior to the opening plenary. 2012 symposia topics will be announced in the coming months.

Closing Plenary

Conference attendees walk away at the end of three days with many memories, new information and new partnerships but the Closing Plenary serves as a way to solidify the message and theme and leave attendees with a renewed sense of commitment and energy. The morning starts with an all-attendee association business meeting and conference prize drawing, then segways into an hour and a half plenary session. Speakers typically focus on a topic that helps to close out the theme or something instructional that attendees can take away and use at their centers. This is a great opportunity to say good-bye and share your information as attendees take the excitement and momentum from the meeting back home.

All Premium Partner benefits ALSO include:

  • 6x6 booth at a prominent location
  • 2 complimentary meeting registrations plus sponsor ribbon on name badge
  • ½ page color ad in the conference program
  • 2 VIP seats at your sponsored event
  • Distribute your items at the event
  • Prominent signage at the event
  • Acknowledgment during the conference
  • Organization logo on conference website
  • Access to pre- and post- attendee mailing list
  • Mention in promotional emails for the conference

Select Partner                                         $1,750

 

Select Partners may select one of the following events to sponsor:

Trainee Reception

AUCD Trainees and young professionals are the next generation of practitioners, researchers, and leaders in the network and disability field. Sponsor this increasingly popular conference event that allows trainees to network together along with AUCD Board of Directors and other leadership in an intimate setting. This private reception gives trainees time to see old friends and make new ones as well as hear from AUCD leadership about trainee and young professional initiatives in and around the AUCD network. Your attendance and signage at the event will allow you to gain visibility with a specific niche of attendees focused around students and young professionals starting out in the disability field!

Assistive Technology - CART

Accessibility at the AUCD conference is a priority and every plenary session as well as the awards gala provides Community Assisted Real-Time Technology to ensure that all conference attendees are able to fully engage and enjoy the main conference events. AUCD has a standing contract with a company to provide CART as well as requested ASL services at the meeting. Sponsor this important technological feature of the conference and enjoy prominent signage as well as a thank you at the start of each event where CART is offered!

General Breakfast

Get name recognition and network with conference attendees at Tuesday morning's continental breakfast. All conference attendees enjoy a healthy breakfast and coffee before attending the Federal Plenary session and your company can gain added visibility with signage at the breakfast and a thank you from our Board President at the start of the plenary!

All Select Partner benefits ALSO include:

  • 6x6 booth at a prominent location
  • 2 complimentary meeting registrations plus sponsor ribbon on name badge
  • ¼ page color ad in the conference program
  • Prominent signage at the event
  • Acknowledgment during the conference
  • Organization logo on conference website
  • Access to pre- and post- attendee mailing list

Exhibit Opportunities                           $1,000

 

Display your materials and products in a prominent location on Monday and Tuesday of the Conference and enjoy valuable one-on-one time with all conference attendees. Located in Columbia Hall where attendees will spend the entire conference, the exhibitor space allows for maximum exposure and return on your investment. Over 75% of conference attendees indicated that exhibitors add value to their conference experience. Come share your innovation and promising practices with over 600 disability leaders, practitioners and self-advocates. Spaces are limited so submit your exhibitor application today!

  • 6x6 booth
  • 2 complimentary meeting registrations
  • ¼ page color ad in the conference program
  • On-site verbal recognition and signage
  • Organization logo on conference website
  • Access to pre- and post- attendee mailing list

Media Room Sponsor                                  $750

 

Since its inception in 2008, the Media Room continues to increase in popularity and recognition. Showcasing films, videos, and documentaries from both inside and outside the AUCD network over a three day period, the Media Room provides attendees with information on the foremost films and educational materials available today. When available, guest film-makers and video documentarians present their work to attendees, allowing for an added level of instruction and information. Sponsor this important part of the conference and receive recognition signage at the Media Room site for its duration as well as the opportunity to introduce or launch a feature film and guest speaker! (Media Room content and schedule currently TBD.)

  • 1 complimentary meeting registration
  • Business card size color ad in the conference program
  • On-site verbal recognition and signage
  • Organization logo on conference website and in program on Media Room page

AUCD Strong Sponsor                                 $250

 

Health and wellness is an important part of all our lives. Be an AUCDStrong sponsor and support one of two conference fitness events - Monday morning sunrise yoga for all abilities or the Tuesday morning run/walk/roll. Conference participants enjoy a healthy start to their day leaving them energized and ready to network and learn! Sponsors receive thank you signage at the event.

  • Business card size color ad in the conference program
  • On-site verbal recognition and signage
  • Organization logo on conference website

In-Kind sponsor

 

This year AUCD is providing an opportunity for an in-kind sponsor to provide giveaways for registration that each participant will receive when they come to the registration desk at the meeting. We are limited to two in-kind sponsors for this. If you are interested, please contact Laura Martin at lmartin@aucd.org to discuss options. There is no cost for this opportunity other than the cost of the giveaways. In-kind donors will receive a verbal thank-you at the conference along with other sponsors as well as their logo on the conference website.

Contact Laura Martin for more information.

Advertising Opportunities

 

As an advertiser, you will have maximum exposure to over 600 attendees by putting your organization's name and information in the AUCD conference program. Advertising is included with your benefits at the Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze level sponsorships.

AUCD is now pleased to offer a full page advertising opportunity on the front inside cover or back inside cover of the conference program.

Advertising Options

  • Full page, color, glossy inside front cover $1,200 - 8.5"x11"
  • Full Page, color inside program $800 - 8.5" x 11"
  • Half Page, color $500 - 6.5" wide 3.25" high
  • Quarter Page, color $300 - 3.5" wide 3.5" high

All advertising artwork must be received by September 1.  Artwork should be submitted in full color, no bleeds, and in only IND/PSD/PDF or JPG format.

 

Special Advertising Rates for AUCD Network Members

Place an ad for your center, program, or initiative in the 2012 Conference program at the reduced rate of $300 for a half page ad and $150 for a quarter page ad!