Education Conference

2015 Annual Education Conference in Atlanta, Georgia


DDNA’s 23rd annual education conference will be held May 1 – May 4, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Atlanta.

The Hyatt Regency hotel offers luxurious accommodations just minutes from the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International airport. Room rates are $140/night – single or double occupancy.

Call (404) 577-1234 today to make your reservations – and request the group rate for the DDNA National Nursing Conference!

Visit the Hyatt Regency website at:

Important dates to mark on your calendar:

  • Two full-day, concurrent conference sessions on Thursday, April 30th:
    • Certification Review Course and Delegation Review Course
  • Pre-Conference – full-day – Friday, May 1st
  • Conference – May 2nd – 4th

Conference brochure and schedule will follow in the coming weeks.

For more information, contact the DDNA office at (800) 888-6733.

To register to attend the DDNA Conference, click here.

Conference Overview

The 2015 conference theme is DD Nurses… Redefining Excellence! As the premiere resource for practicing I/DD nurses, DDNA is committed to providing quality education programs that include cutting edge content with practical application.

This year’s speaker line-up will offer exceptional sessions – from start to finish. Just to name a few:

Kathleen Keating will get us started with a full-day session on delegation; Dr. Ruth Ryan-Meyers will outline critical diagnostics and processes to include when evaluating a person with mental health issues; Dr. Daniel Sheridan will update us on key forensic considerations when evaluating traumatic wounds; Dr. Leslie Rubin will provide insight into breaking the cycle of health disparities; and back by popular demand – Barb Bancroft will send us out the door laughing with new information on the chaos created by hormonal changes!

Target audience: Health care professionals working in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Overall objectives: The goals and objectives of the conference are:

  • To present cutting-edge education on the most up-to-date practice issues and research regarding the specialty of developmental disabilities nursing.
  • To provide a forum for networking and to facilitate the sharing of information to improve nursing practice in the developmental disabilities field.
  • To bring together leaders and experts in developmental disabilities to engender consensus that improves the health and lives of persons with developmental disabilities.

Would you like to sponsor or exhibit at DDNA?

Interested in exhibiting your products or services at the upcoming DDNA conference? Would your company or organization like to become a valued sponsor of DDNA? Visit the Exhibitors page for details or contact the DDNA office at (800) 888-6733.

Conference information for your employer

Does your employer need more information about the value of supporting your attendance at the upcoming DDNA conference? DDNA has two letters, both customizable, that you can give to your employer.

Mark your calendars and plan to join us May 1 – May 4, 2015 in Atlanta, for exceptional education in I/DD nursing – where you can renew old friendships or make new ones, dine at some of the finest eateries in the country, or simply relax and enjoy the best the South has to offer!

For more information, please contact the DDNA office! (800) 888-6733.

Past Conferences

Conference photos

2014 Conference photos are now available. Interested in photos from past conferences? Click on the year and flip through — you may see yourself or someone that you know!

2014 Conference in Orlando, FL.

2013 Conference in Philadelphia, PA.

2012 Conference in Orlando, FL.

2011 Conference in Hartford, CT.

2010 Conference in Reno, NV.

2009 Conference in Orlando,FL.

2008 Conference at Foxwoods Resort, CT.


Looking for last year’s Conference slides?

Speaker slides for our most recent conference are posted on this website’s Resources page under the conference year. To view the slides, log in with your username and password. You can also view slides from previous conference years on the resource page.


Speakers for the upcoming DDNA Conference

The DDNA Board of Directors met in June and selected the speakers for the upcoming Annual Education Conference. They are now contacting these speakers. Thank you to all who made recommendations and submitted applications.


Poster Sessions for the upcoming DDNA Conference

DDNA is accepting poster session proposals. Visit the Poster Sessions Application page for information about submitting a poster presentation proposal. If you would like to submit a poster presentation proposal for the Annual Conference, you may do so here.