Virtual Training: Community Inclusion Unplugged


Are Zoom, Social Media and Technology the New Form of Isolation, Segregation and Exclusion for People with Disabilities?

Will Zoom become the new specter of isolation? That is, when the pandemic ends, will the convenience of Zoom replace the face-to-face rigor of community engagement and connection? Will service organizations, who have an obligation to connect those they support, continue to rely on Zoom as the source for human connection – and running the risk of leaving those they support stuck at home connecting via a screen?

Certainly, if our funders continue to authorize and encourage virtual connections it seems fairly predictable that the I/DD system may continue with this approach. Why not? With critical staffing shortages and convenience, it is logistically easier and could become the new norm –  if this becomes the case, virtual connections could lead to a new form of community isolation?

So, is this a real problem? And if so, how do we safeguard against it? How can we move back to real human connections, especially when we have had marginal success with before the pandemic?

These questions, and others, are those we need to address now, before it is too late. To this end, the NADSP wants to invite you to a new forum on community engagement in a post-pandemic world. On April 29th, Al Condeluci and John Raffaele will conduct our second Virtual Training, entitled, “Community Inclusion: Unplugged.”

Thursday, April 29, 2021

12:00pm – 3:00pm ET

$89 per Non-Member Attendee

$79 per NADSP Member Attendee*

*After registration is completed, members will receive a $10 rebate once membership is confirmed. 


Learning Objectives

  • Explore the incredible benefits as well as the possible dangers in using social media to help people develop social capital and build friendships and relationships. 
  • Learn about how people with disabilities and direct support professionals can navigate the “virtual” community and STILL have meaningful and socially “connected” relationships despite social distancing.
  • Develop strategies to use technology in a way that is a supplement to direct support and not a replacement. 


Target Audience

DSPs, Supervisors, Administrators, People with Disabilities, Family Members

Participate In This Training

Click the link below to register via Zoom. When registering, participants will be connected to PayPal to submit their payment. Once completed, a confirmation will come from PayPal as well as Zoom.

Organization Option for Virtual Training

If an organization is interested in registering a larger number of its employees, NADSP does offer a customized solution. Agencies can schedule a 3-hour NADSP virtual training for up to 500 its staff members for the flat rate of $1,500. Please note that attendees can only include the organization’s own internal employees – not external stakeholders. To book this training for your agency, please email Desiree Loucks Baer, NADSP’s Chief Operating Officer, at

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this training the same as the full day training?
No. The virtual training is a cost effective alternative for organizations and individuals to experience a new abbreviated version of the full day training. To learn more about the full day training, click here.
Can I purchase multiple registrations at once?
Yes. To purchase multiple registrations at once, contact Desiree Loucks Baer at
What do I need for this training?
For this training, attendees will need access to Zoom and a reliable internet connection.
Will this training be recorded for those who cannot attend?
This training will be conducted completely live. Attendees who have to cancel must do so before the start of the webinar to receive a refund.
Will I receive a certificate for my attendance?
Yes. All registered attendees will receive a certificate at the conclusion of the training.
Will this training count towards my Accredited Training hours?
NADSP trainings like this one can be one source of the accredited education needed for national certification through the NADSP E-Badge Academy. Participants in the E-Badge Academy who wish to submit this training to the E-Badge Academy should document their attendance on the Accredited Education Documentation Form.
Will this webinar be closed captioned?
Yes. All attendees will have the option on their zoom screen to enable live captions. If an attendee requires a reasonable accommodation for this training, please email NADSP Office and Communications Manager, Nicole Dama at by February 17,2021.
Who should I contact if I have additional questions?
If you have any additional questions on the content of the training, you can email NADSP’s Director of Educational Services, John Raffaele at

If you have questions about registration, please email NADSP’s Chief Operating Officer, Desiree Loucks Baer at