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.

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.

Annual Education Conference

DDNA's 22nd Annual Education Conference in Orlando, Florida, was a great success. We hope you learned a lot and enjoyed meeting other IDD nurses. We look forward to seeing you next May in Atlanta, GA, for DDNA's 23rd Annual Education Conference.

To purchase audio or video tapes of the conference sessions click here.


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

Psych Interventions for Women with IDD and Forensic Care Needs

Research evidence to date concerning criminal offending by people with IDD has concentrated on male perpetrators and little is known about their female counterparts. There is now a systematic literature review that examines evidence on psycho-social therapies for females with IDD within healthcare forensic facilities.  A review of research methods and findings published in the Journal of...

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Routine Pelvic Exams No Longer Recommended

The American College of Physicians is now recommending against routine pelvic exams for healthy adult women with no gynecological symptoms. ACP experts conducted an in-depth analysis of 52 studies and concluded pelvic exams in average-risk, asymptomatic women are not effective at detecting disease and do not reduce the risk of death.  However, they say, the research shows pelvic...

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Adults with Asperger Syndrome at Higher Risk of Suicide

Adults with the milder form of autism known as Asperger syndrome are much more likely to think about and attempt suicide than those in the general population, a new British study suggests. The survey of 374 British adults with Asperger syndrome found that 66 percent reported having suicidal thoughts and 35 percent had planned or attempted suicide. Suicidal thoughts were much more...

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