25th Annual Education Conference


“Celebrating our Past, Shaping our Future”

Dallas, TX     •     April 7 – 10, 2017
with 2nd Annual Boot Camp on April 6th!

DDNA is pleased to showcase our Signature Level Sponsor:


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To register, please download our registration form (below) and complete your conference registration at the door. Payment will be required at the time of registration.  Payment can be made by check, money order, or credit card at the door.

Please note: a 3.75% processing fee will be assessed for credit card transactions. Please DO NOT mail payment.

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DDNA’s 25th annual education conference will be held in Dallas, Texas April 7-10, 2017 with the Certification Boot Camp held on Thursday, April 6.

*Certification Boot Camp is an optional add-on to conference registration, pre-registration required!

The Hyatt Regency Hotel offers luxurious accommodations just minutes from the heart of downtown Dallas!

Room rates are $155/night – single or double occupancy.

To book your hotel room, please click here.

To find more information on Dallas and things to do, please click here.

2017 Conference Overview

The 2017 conference theme is “Celebrating our Past, Shaping our Future!”  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.


DDNA’s 2017 annual conference will be structured a bit differently than in previous years – offering a longer conference program and more accredited continuing education courses and opportunities! The conference registration fee will include 3 ½ full days of conference program and continuing education, offering over 23 hours of continuing education.

As we celebrate our silver anniversary, we would also like to offer our members an additional reason to celebrate with us!   With the longer conference program and additional continuing education, this year’s conference rate is 5% below the 2016 conference fees for comparable hours of continuing education.  The conference will also offer a pre-conference program, providing 6 additional hours of continuing education, available to all conference attendees as an additional purchase!

The result – over 29 hours of continuing education are available with attendance at all conference and pre-conference programs!

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.

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 April 7 – April 10, 2017 in Dallas, 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, learn how to two-step, and experience the best of Texas!

For more information, please email us at: [email protected]

2017 Conference – Dallas, TX – Register NOW!

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