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.

Annual Education Conference

Registration for the 22nd Annual Education Conference being held in Orlando, FL at the Rosen Hotel Plaza on May 3-5 is open. Click here to view the schedule and register.

Interested in winning free conference registration? Visit the DDNA forums for more information.

Board Nominations Open

If you are interested in running for the office of President-Elect or Secretary on the Board of Directors, click here for more information.


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

DDNA Member Looking for Info on Moral Distress and Ethical Dilemmas in IDD Nursing

DDNA received the following request from Char Baumgardner, who is a fellow member of DDNA.  It would be much appreciated if members who are familiar with issues and studies in which she is interested, or who have thoughts and opinions in this area would respond by sending an email to DDNA with their contact information so that we may ... View Full Post

April is National Autism Awareness Month

If you are an IDD nurse, chances are excellent that you may be caring for individuals who are on the autism spectrum. Current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data now show that 1 in 68 children may be impacted by autism spectrum disorders. The Autism Now Center offers information of use to individuals and families (and IDD nurses!) at: View Full Post

Disorganized Cortical Patches Suggest Prenatal Origin Of Autism

The architecture of the autistic brain is speckled with patches of abnormal neurons, according to research partially funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health. Published in the New England Journal of Medicine on March 27, 2014, this study suggests that brain irregularities in children with View Full Post

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.