Conference Schedule


2014 schedule of conference sessions and events

Here is the schedule for DDNA's 22th Annual Education Conference to be held at the Rosen Plaza Hotel on International Drive in Orlando, Florida on the dates below. This conference brings together outstanding national experts and leaders in the field of IDD and members of DDNA to learn about how we can best meet the health needs of individuals with IDD.

This year, DDNA will not be offering certification prep or telephone triage courses at the conference.
The certification prep courses are now available online for purchase on the DDNA website at: https://ddna.org/videos. The videos provide an excellent information refresher for those who are planning to take the certification exam at the conference. They also provide an excellent introduction to IDD nursing for nurses who are new to the specialty.

The 2014 Pre-Conference on Friday May 2nd will focus on Down Syndrome Throughout the Lifespan.

The General Sessions on Saturday and the Breakout Sessions on Sunday offer a wide variety of topics of interest and importance to IDD nurses. You can view descriptions of all the sessions below.

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May 2nd, Friday - Pre-Conference

7:00am - 7:00pm

Registration Check-In All Day

8:00am - 8:30am

Welcome and Opening

8:30am - 10:00am

Pre-Conference Session 1

"Sowing Positive Seeds for Policy Change"

10:00am - 10:30am

Stretching Break

10:30am - Noon

Pre-Conference Session 2

"Down Syndrome Research and Interventions from the Genetics Perspective: Past, Present and Future"

Noon - 1:30pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Pre-Conference Session 3

"Down Syndrome: Navigating the Grooves"

3:00pm - 3:30pm

Stretching Break

3:30pm - 5:00pm

Pre-Conference Session 4

My Thinker's Not Working: The Prelude, the Sequel and Nursing Implications for People with Down Syndrome and Dementia

May 3rd, Saturday - Conference

7:00am - 7:00pm

Registration Check-In

7:30am - 8:30am

Welcome, Housekeeping, Color Guard, Introduction of Board

8:30am - 10:00am

General Session 1

"The Stories Behind the Syndromes"

10:00am - 10:30am

Break and Exhibit Showcase

10:30am - 12:00pm

General Session 2

"The DSM-V is Here:  Now What?"

James Coplan, MD

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Lunch (on your own)

General Membership Meeting: 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM

1:30pm - 3:00pm

General Session 3

"AntiSeizure Medications:  What Are Some New Options?"

Nanette Wrobel, BS, RPh

Contact Hours: 1.5

3:00pm - 3:30pm

Break and Exhibit Showcase

3:30pm - 5:00pm

General Session 4

"Reflections on Half a Century of Change - Health and Health Care During America's Deinstitutionalization and Disabilities Rights Movement"

5:00pm - 6:00pm

Committee Meetings

6:00pm - 9:00pm

Recognition Dinner Dance and New Chapter Inductions

May 4th, Sunday - Conference

7:00am - 5:00pm

Registration Check-In

7:00am - 8:00am

Exhibit Showcase

8:30am - 10:00am

General Session

"Life is Too Short"

10:00am - 10:30am

Break and Exhibit Showcase

10:30am - 12:00pm

Breakout Sessions 1A - 1C

• Breakout 1a: "Wound Care"

• Breakout 1b: How to Conduct a Medication Regimen Review

• Breakout 1c: "Healthy Nurses"

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Special Session

"Chapter Leadership Luncheon (Chapter Officers Only, reservation required - please call DDNA at 800-888-6733)"

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Lunch (on your own) and Exhibit Showcase

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Breakouts 2A - 2C

• Breakout 2a: "Supporting Each Other"

• Breakout 2b: "Be Well and Thrive -- In All Areas of Life"

• Breakout 2c: "Avoid the Dark Side of Giving: Nurture Nurses"

3:00pm - 3:30pm

Break and Exhibit Showcase

3:30pm - 5:00pm

Breakouts 3A - 3C

• Breakout 3a: "Compassion Fatigue"

• Breakout 3b: "Developmental Disabilities and Death"

• Breakout 3c: "Determining When Healthcare Needs Exceed RN Delegation in Community Setttings"

May 5th, Monday - Conference

8:00am - 11:00am

General Session

"Neuro-for-the-not-so-neuro-minded"

Barbarba Bancroft, RN, MSN, PNP

Contact Hours: 3


Course Description

Join Barb for a fascinating journey through the brain. Barb will start with a review of neuroembryology--how the brain and spinal cord develop as well as the numerous known teratogens (viruses and other infectious agents, drugs, vitamin deficiencies, maternal weight, and old fathers) and their role in teratogenesis. Barb will then discuss the "motor" triad--the corticospinal tract, the basal ganglia, and the cerebellum--and will discuss the pathogenesis of the various movement disorders observed in developmentally disabled children and adults. The sensory system and cranial nerves will also be discussed and correlated with developmentally disabled adults and children.


Speaker bio

Barb Bancroft has presented over 2,200 continuing education seminars to health professionals throughout the United States and Canada. She has been the keynote speaker for numerous conferences, including DDNA. She is the author of four books, including her latest--Kiss My Asparagus.

This speaker has no vested interest to declare