Speakers & Poster Presenters

DDNA invites all DD nurses and other experts in the care of persons with developmental disabilities to submit an application to present at the DDNA Annual Education Conference. We welcome proposals on topics in clinical care, education, administration, research, patient education, and consultation in all practice areas of DD nursing. Presentations should have an interdisciplinary (nurse/family/client/other health professional) focus whenever possible.

SUBMIT TODAY!  Now accepting applications for the 29th Annual Education Conference, May 14-17, 2021 in San Antonio, TX.  

The Conference Planning committee has based its speaker selection on the following criteria:

  • Clarity of the description of the content and presentation methods
  • Importance, depth, focus, level of audience interest
  • Applicability of the presentation to a variety of IDD settings
  • Presenter’s professional background and speaking experience
  • Absence of commercial content
  • Originality of topic/presentation (has not been presented at recent past DDNA conferences or at other major IDD-related conferences)

We ask that all speaker presentation applications be submitted online, by August 31st.  Upon receipt, said applications will be reviewed by the Conference Planning Committee.  The primary presenter will be notified of the committee’s decision shortly thereafter. To submit an application, please click the button just above this section and complete the online application.

Poster Sessions

Join us this year as DDNA Nursing Research Council campaigns for posters! Using a simplified poster format and ready-to-go templates, posters this year will be easy-to-read and apply to nursing practice.

  • Have you developed effective education or service programs for staff, clients with DD and/or their families?
  • Have you found other innovative ways to improve the care of persons with DD?
  • Have you conducted research in DD nursing?
  • Do you want to share your findings or what you have developed with other DD nurses?

A poster session at the annual conference can be an excellent way to do this. A poster session is a way to present information that can be shared in a relatively short time frame, e.g., 5 -10 minutes. It is also a great opportunity to inform other nurses without having to speak in front of a large audience. You prepare your poster, which is displayed at the conference. Conference attendees can read what you have written on your poster and, at select times during the conference, you stand by your poster to answer questions. It’s as easy as that!

Posters will be accepted in two categories:

  • Research in Developmental Disabilities Nursing
  • Innovation and Education in Developmental Disabilities Nursing.

Who Can Submit a Poster?

Anybody who has conducted research or has developed an innovative or educational program of interest to DD nurses may submit a poster for review.

Submissions must be free of commercial content. If you have staff/client/family education resources or programs for sale, please contact DDNA about obtaining an exhibitor table for your products.

2021 Forms Coming Soon! 
How to Submit a Poster Proposal in 3 Easy Steps:

  • Research projects use systematic methods to contribute to generalizable knowledge.
    • Generalizable knowledge means that results of the study are intended to apply beyond the specific setting of your project.
  • Innovation or Education Programs are innovative educational or other types of programs that are developed to improve developmental disabilities nursing care or developmental disabilities nursing education. Their effectiveness may not be tested OR the results are only meant to be applied to the setting for which the program was developed.

If you have any questions about which category your project belongs in, contact [email protected]

3) Receive a decision and/or feedback on your poster submission.  The finished poster should reflect the consideration of feedback, if any, provided by the reviewers.

Poster presenters are required to register and pay for the conference and assume all arrangements and costs related to the poster session. If a poster is submitted by a team of individuals, at least one member of the team must be present at the conference poster session.

Your poster will be displayed on an freestanding easel; a display table will also be available. DDNA will provide you with a free white tri-fold corrugated display board that opens to 36”x48” and bulldogs clips. You just need to bring your printed poster to clip to the display board at the conference. You may bring additional materials including additional information about your poster, business cards and any other desired materials to display on the table-top.

CDDNs and DDCs who present a poster at the conference will obtain 3 hours of educational credit toward their recertification.

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