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Conference Speakers


Interested in speaking at DDNA 2014?

DDNA invites all IDD nurses and other experts in the care of persons with developmental disabilities to submit a proposal to present at the DDNA Annual Education Conference, which will be held in May 2014. We welcome proposals on topics in clinical care, education, administration, research, patient education, and consultation in all practice areas of I/DD nursing. Presentations should have an interdisciplinary (nurse/family/client/other health professional) focus whenever possible.


Selection criteria for speakers

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)

How to submit an application

We ask that all speaker presentation proposals be submitted online. If you are unable to submit a proposal online, please contact DDNA. By filling out the online submission form you have provided all information needed by the Conference Planning Committee and for DDNA to meet the requirements for continuing education for nurse attendees.


Deadline for proposals

Your proposal must be received by DDNA Headquarters by October 15, 2013. We ask that all speaker presentation proposals be submitted online. If you are unable to submit a proposal online or would like help submitting an online proposal, please contact DDNA. By filling out the online submission form you have provided all information needed by the Conference Planning Committee and for DDNA to meet the requirements for continuing education for nurse attendees.

Click here to access and complete your speaker application.

The review process

Upon receipt, presentation proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Planning Committee. The primary presenter will be notified of acceptance or rejection by November 15, 2013.


Need help?

If you have any question related to submitting your required speaker paperwork, please contact DDNA at (407)835-0642.


Suggest an expert speaker

DDNA welcomes suggestions for outstanding speakers. If you would like to recommend a speaker, please call DDNA Headquarters at (407)835-0642 between 9am and 5pm ET M-F, or contact us through the Contact page. We would be pleased to follow up with the potential speaker, as appropriate.