Annual Conference

NADSP Annual Conference:  The Fourth One


Make your plans now to celebrate DSP week!

September 7 & 8, 2018
St. Louis Union Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton

1820 Market St.,St Louis, Missouri, 63103

Join NADSP in St. Louis, Missouri  on September 7 and 8, 2018 to ring in DSP week.  You will have an opportunity to learn about best practices, share stories, network and gain insight on building direct support excellence.

We will also be bringing back our Networking Neighborhood this year as well as the awarding of The John F Kennedy, Jr Award for Direct Support Advocacy & Leadership and reception.   This year we will have a NADSP week celebration, ringing in DSP week on Saturday with a DJ, Karaoke, photo booth, balloon drop at midnight and much more!


To be shared at a later date.

Keynote Presentations:

More information will be forthcoming.

Conference Registration Options:


To register for the conference:  

Conference Registration to open January, 2018


The Fourth One will be held at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, 1820 Market St.,St Louis, Missouri, 63103..  There is a designated conference rate for single and double rooms starting at $129 per night.  You must book your rooms by phoning 1-314-231-1234 and let them know that you are part of the NADSP (National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals) Conference, please book early as rooms will sell out!  The last day for the conference rate is August 6th but rooms sold out prior to that date last year.

Ground Transportation:


Conference Attire:

Feel free to dress in casual conference or business casual attire but we highly recommend layers. It is very difficult to control the temperature in large conference spaces – very often too hot or too cold.  Don’t hesitate, bring that extra sweater.

Conference Technology and WI-FI:

Bring extra batteries for phones and laptops as there are limited charging areas.  We are unable to have cords strung across walkways as they pose a tripping hazard. In an effort to provide the best conference experience for all attendees, cell phones should be set to silent during presentations.

Conference Social Media:

When tagging the conference on social media, use #NADSP2018

Conference Exhibitors & Sponsors:

Sponsorship and Exhibitor information will be forthcoming.


Please contact Tanya Moyer at


NADSP Annual Conference:  The Fourth One


One Friday evening, September 8th we will ring in DSP week with DJ, dancing and karaoke as well as awarding our third “John F Kennedy, Jr. Award for Direct Support Professional Advocacy & Leadership.”  This award is named after the ideological founder of NADSP.

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.




Upcoming Events

Sep 07

NADSP Annual Conference: The Fourth One

September 7, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
St. Louis MO
Sep 08

NADSP Annual Conference: The Fourth One

September 8, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
St. Louis MO

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