Interested in becoming a member? Join thousands of other IDD nurses who make our organization great. Some of the valuable benefits that are free for DDNA members are:

  • Membership in the ONLY association just for nurses who care for persons with IDD
  • Member-only access to 70 hours of FREE online interactive IDD nursing courses ($400 value)
  • Member-only access to DDNA's online newsletter - packed with info for IDD nurses
  • Information about how to join DDNA Chapters and Networks around the country
  • Member-only access to Online Resources in IDD Nursing (links to numerous IDD resources)
  • Discounts on Annual Education Conference registration fees
  • Member-only free advertising in DDNA's website classified section
  • Representation in the Nursing Organization Alliance
  • Membership renewal reminders by email for online renewal
  • Access to DDNA's Facebook for interfacing with other DDNA members
  • Access to free information about how to achieve RN/LPN Certification in IDD Nursing
  • Access to the DDNA's "International Journal of Nursing in IDD"
  • Annual dues of only $80/year

Join now and have access to more than 70 hours of FREE I/DD Education.

If you are member and close to your renewal date, renew your membership here. Do you need to create your personalized login? Create your username and password here.

DDNA Publications

Standards of DD Nursing Practice

Standards of Practice

DDNA's Aspirational Standards of Developmental Disabilities Nursing Practice, is available in both print and eBook form (pdf) from our publication storefront.
Order the printed book or
eBook (pdf).

Med Management Position Paper

Position Paper

DDNA's "Position on Medication Management for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities" paper is available as a printed publication.
Order your printed book today.

More Publications

Visit DDNA's publication storefront at for additional publications, including conference manuals and newsletters.

Annual Education Conference

DDNA's 22nd Annual Education Conference in Orlando, Florida, was a great success. We hope you learned a lot and enjoyed meeting other IDD nurses. We look forward to seeing you next May in Atlanta, GA, for DDNA's 23rd Annual Education Conference.

To purchase audio or video tapes of the conference sessions click here.


Interested in certification in the specialty of IDD nursing? Read how to become a CDDN or DDC. Details on the certification page.

Looking for practice study material for the exam? Check out the certification exam practice questions.


We offer more than 70 hours of developmental disability courses for members only! Learn more about DDNA's free courseware offerings here.


Follow along with the latest in IDD news with informative articles written by and for nurses working in the field. DDNA offers a quarterly newsletter to members that contains must-read information. The most current version is available on the Newsletter page in a variety of formats, including a 'magazine' style "flipping book." View it now on the Newsletter page.

DDNA Community

Keep active with your community by networking with DDNA members and others who are interested in intellectual and developmental disabilities. Connect with other IDD nurses, post questions, and share your experiences on the DDNA Forums. Learn more on the community page.

Newest Information

Caring for Adults with IDD and Dementia: What Can You Do to Make a Difference?

The National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry in collaboration with Allegheny Valley School will be presenting a specialized 2-day training opportunity on the care of aging individuals with IDD and dementia.  The training will be lead by NTG Lead Trainers:  Kathleen Bishop, PhD, Kathy Service, RN, and...

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New York State Chapter Holding 20th Anniversary Conference

The NYS ID/DD Nurses Association is holding our 30th Anniversary Annual Conference September 28-30, 2014 in Saratoga Springs, NY. One of our highlights includes a welcome reception with Mary Gage, not only one of our NY founding members, but also an important person in the history of DDNA. A track for Day Program nurses, leadership topics and updates on medical and medication topics will...

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Seminar on Caring for Individuals with IDD

The Erie Home for Children and Adults is offering a full-day conference entitled "Current Topics on Caring for the Individual with Intellectual Disability" on October 2nd, 2014 at the Ambassador Center on 7794 Peach St, Erie, PA.  The registration rate for nurses and healthcare professionals is $100.  Registration closes on September 26th.  For more information, contact Mary Jo Anderlonis...

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