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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.

What's New @ NADSP

                               The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals
                                                       cordially invites you to attend
                        NADSP’s Annual Meeting & Conference:  The First One                
                                                           May 30 & 31, 2015
                                                 The Galt House Hotel, Louisville, KY   
                       Click here for the Annual Meeting & Conference Official Brochure.              
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 first national conference in conjunction with AAIDD.

Hear from national leaders like Al Condeluci about the link between social capital & direct support professionals, Lynne Seagle on participatory management 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, May 30th, we will be honoring Dr. Amy Hewitt from the University of Minnesota with our first “John F. Kennedy Jr. Award for Direct Support Professional Advocacy & Leadership”. This award, named for the ideological founder of the NADSP, will recognize Dr. Hewitt for her tireless 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   Full Conference with lunch – Registration includes both Saturday and Sunday attendance to the conference as well as lunch at the conference on Sunday.  $119.

o   Full Conference with lunch on your own– Registration includes both Saturday and Sunday attendance to the conference with lunch on your own during the conference on Sunday.  $99.

o   One Day Conference Saturday – Registration includes Saturday attendance to the conference. $49.

o   One Day Conference Sunday with lunch – Registration includes Sunday attendance to the conference with lunch included. $89.

o   One Day Conference Sunday with lunch on your own – Registration includes Sunday attendance to the conference with lunch on your own. $69.

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.
If you have questions, contact Corinne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 202-387-1968 ext. 201

To register by paper click here

To register by mail/fax:
1) Print the registration form: click here for the printable 139th AAIDD Annual Meeting registration form.

2) Complete your contact information at the top left corner. To register ONLY for the NADSP Conference, skip to Step #8 and check the box for your registration selection. (Note—you can leave steps #1-7 and 9 blanks). 3) Complete the Total Fees section and write in your total amount “8. Registration for SLN or NADSP Meetings”. Complete the payment information.

4) Submit the registration form with payment by mail to AAIDD, 501 3rd Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20001 or by Fax to 202-387-2193.

To register online:
1) Visit the AAIDD Conference page and click on “REGISTER ONLINE NOW.” If you are already an AAIDD member, you will be prompted to log in. If you are not an AAIDD member, click on “New Users” and type in your email address and click “Log in”.

2) Enter your contact information in the Registration Information section.

3) In the General Conference Registration section, if you are only registering for the NADSP conference, choose the option “Special Events Only.”

4) Then, scroll down to the “Siblings and Leadership Network Conference” section and check the box next to NADSP.

5) Scroll down to the “Important Information” section and check the required box acknowledging the refund policy. Also, type in any accommodation requests.

6) Click Submit and go to the Payment options.

Refund Policy: All refunds must be requested by May 22, 2015 and must be in writing. No refunds will be honored after May 22, 2015. All refunds will be subject to a cancellation fee of $50 for the AAIDD Conference and $20 for the NADSP Conference.


The NADSP Conference will be held at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, KY. (Click here for more hotel information) There is a designated conference rate of $115 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!)

Sponsorship Opportunities
Interested in Sponsorship? Click here to learn more information.
Sign up to be a Sponsor!  Click here for your sponsorship form.

NADSP National Partners

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