NADD News

A free online tool, Trauma Informed Care: Perspectives and Resources, is available.  Click here for information.

NADD hosted an important, invitational  Public Policy Forum to be held on October 20, 2014 in Bethesda, Maryland.  The Forum focused on the NADD Position Statement on health care reform: “Including Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and Co-Occurring Mental Illness: Challenges that Must Be Addressed in Health Care Reform.” Click here to read the Position Statement. NADD assembled a very impressive spectrum of stakeholders who participated at the Policy Forum, including representatives from associations, providers, advocates, managed care companies, the federal government, as well as parents.  Click here for the schedule.   The morning session offered an opportunity for stakeholders to share their perspectives as they relate to the Position Statement.  During the afternoon session a strategic plan to advance and implement the goals and recommendations from the Position Statement was developed.  To endorse the NADD Position Statement, click here.

NADD is pleased to offer an online directory of IDD/MH providers. Click here to visit the NADD Online Directory.

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NADD offers an introductory rate of $99 for new members.

NADD has reduced the new individual member fee from $135 to $99.  This is a savings of more than 25% available for new NADD members.   Memberships purchased now are good until December 31, 2015.

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Rob’s Corner

NADD and its CEO, Robert Fletcher, work dilligently to help bridge the systems and ensure that individuals with a dual diagnosis receive appropriate services. This work keeps Dr. Fletcher on the move. Click here.

 

Passing of William I. Gardner, Ph.D.

It is with great sadness that we inform our readers that William I. Gardner, PhD passed away on Saturday, November 29, 2014 following a long illness.  Dr. Gardner was a major influential authority in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.  His contributions to NADD in particular, and to the field in general, were enormous and will have a major impact for years to come.

“There are some losses that leave an emptiness in the universe, a blank space on any page written from this point onward, and an aching that surpasses words.  This is such a loss,” wrote one NADD Board Member upon learning of Dr. Gardner’s death.

In recognition for his enormous influence in the field, NADD  bestowed the Earl Loschen Award for Clinical Practice and a Lifetime Achievement Award on  Dr. Gardner at the 31st Annual NADD Conference.  Click here to view the award presentation and Diane Cox-Lindenbaum’s acceptance of the award on his behalf.

In lieu of flowers, Dr. Gardner requested that donations be sent to NADD’s Joli Fletcher Tlalka Memorial Fund, named in memory of the daughter of NADD’s Founder, Robert J. Fletcher.  This fund was established to financially assist Direct Support Professionals to attend and participate in NADD conferences.  Donations can be made online by clicking here  or may be  sent to:

NADD
132 Fair Street
Kingston, NY 12401-9913

Click here for more about Dr. Gardner.