Awards Overview

NADD presents five awards annually at the NADD Annual Conference

The deadline for submitting nominations is August 31

NADD Member of the Year Award

This award is given to a person who, though not a member of the Board of Directors, has supported the mission of NADD through various activities.

In 2019, this award was given to Ray Snyder, MBA..

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NADD DSP Award for Excellence

This prestigious Award is given annually to acknowledge a Direct Support Professional (DSP) whose contribution to supporting people who live in our communities has resulted in significant improvement in the quality of life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health needs. 

In 2019, this award was given to Rebecca Rodrigues, NADD-DSP. 

For award guidelines and to view past award recipients, click here. 

Earl L. Loschen Award for Clinical Practice

This award is given to a person whose contribution in the area of clinical practice has resulted in a significant improvement in the quality of life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as mental health needs.

In 2019, this award was given to Robin VanEerden, MS, NADD-CC.

For award guidelines and to view past award recipients, click here.

Frank J. Menolascino Award for Excellence

This award is given annually to honor excellence, extraordinary achievements, and significant contributions in the field of dual diagnosis in the memory of Dr. Frank J. Menolascino.

In 2019, this ward was given to Robert J. Fletcher, DSW, NADD-CC.

For award guidelines and to view past award recipients, click here.

Steven Reiss Research Award

NADD created this award to recognize research that improves our understanding of mental health issues in people with intellectual  and other developmental disabilities.

In 2019, this award was given to Joanne VanDerNagel, MD, PhD.

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