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Welcome to the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals!

NADSP Quality Support videoTogether, we are working to enhance the status of direct support professionals and promote the development of a highly competent human services workforce. We recognize that people needing support are more likely to fulfill their life dreams if they have well-trained, experienced, and motivated people at their side in long-term, stable, compatible support relationships.

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The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals

cordially invites you to attend

NADSP’s Annual Meeting & Conference:  The Second One

June 4 & 5, 2016

The Sheraton, Atlanta, GA

Join us for an opportunity to connect with the very best of direct support professional development practices and information. We are excited to partner with AAIDD (American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities) and hold our second national conference.

Hear from national leaders like Dave Hingsburger, Lynne Seagle, Cathy Ficker Terrill Peggy Gould and John Raffaele on the NADSP Code of Ethics & more! You will have an opportunity to learn best practices, share stories, network and gain insight on building direct support excellence!

On Saturday evening, June 4th, we will be honoring Regis Obijiski with our second “John F. Kennedy Jr. Award for Direct Support Professional Advocacy & Leadership”. This award, named for the ideological founder of the NADSP, will recognize Regis Obijiski for histireless advocacy and support of direct support professionals.

Who should attend the conference?

  • Direct Support Professionals: The conference is geared toward building direct support professionalism and will inspire those who are currently doing the work.
  • Agency Administrators, Trainers and Human Resources
  • Professionals:Provider agency leaders will gain vital information about addressing the serious issues confronting direct support workforce recruitment, retention and building a culture of direct support competence
  • People with disabilities:Self-advocates are important partners in building direct support competence and recognition and we encourage people with disabilities to come and share your direct support perspective.
  • Parents and family members: We hope to encourage our guests and those attending the Sibling Leadership Network’s conference an opportunity to network!
  • I/DD Professionals:Professionals, including researchers, can gain a stronger understanding of direct support practice and how “quality id defined at the point of interaction”.
  • Policy Makers: In order to address some serious issues like low wages, access to quality training, career paths and credentialing – we hope to engage policy makers on the vital connection that exists between people receiving support and those who directly provide it.

NADSP Conference Agenda:

To see the preliminary conference agenda, click here.

NADSP Conference Options:

o   Member Full Conference – Registration includes both Saturday and Sunday attendance to the conference as well as lunch at the conference on Sunday.  $179.

o   Non-Member Full Conference – Registration includes both Saturday and Sunday attendance to the conference with lunch on your own during the conference on Sunday.  $199.

Registration Information:

To register for the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) Conference, you must register through the AAIDD (American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities) Conference registration process. You are welcome to attend the AAIDD Conference for an additional fee, though you do NOT need to in order to attend the NADSP Conference.  A variety of registration options are available for the NADSP Conference, they are listed below in detail.  You can register for NADSP’s Conference online or by mail/fax.

To register online:

Visit the AAIDD website conference page, you can do so by clicking here.  Remember registration opens on Monday, March 7th.

Refund Policy: All refunds must be requested by May 22, 2016 and must be in writing. No refunds will be honored after May 22, 2016. All refunds will be subject to a cancellation fee of $20 for the NADSP Conference.


The NADSP Conference will be held at The Sheraton in Atlanta, GA. (Click here for more hotel information) There is a designated conference rate of $139 per night. Make sure when you call to reserve your room that you mention the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities group rate. (It’s important to say the entire name and not abbreviate it!)  Please book early as there are only a certain number of rooms reserved for the conference. 

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Interested in Sponsorship? Click here to learn more information.

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