NADD Webinar Series AUG-DEC 2018

The NEXT NADD Webinar Series

Begins August 2018!

NADD Webinar Series begins August 2018 

NADD is proud to offer its next 2018 Webinar Series.   From the convenience of your own office or conference room, you and your colleagues can participate in a great educational resource without having to make travel plans or leave your office.  A learner may sign up for a single webinar or for as many as he or she wishes to take.  You won’t want to miss this or any of the upcoming webinars!

Pricing for NADD Individual Webinars

NADD Members – $78

Non-members – $98

Multiply your savings by registering for the entire series and receive an additional 20% off!  

For the Series with discount, choose:  Any 5 or more SessionsSPECIAL:  Register for 5 or more 20% off, discount will populate upon check-out on-line. Members $63.00 ea./Non-Members $78.00 ea.   

Copy & Paste Discount Code:  5ormore-20%off-W2018         

(Ex. NADD Members – that’s $63.00 each or 5/$315 / Non-members – that’s $78.00 each or 5/$390)


Webinar registration is open to all participants,  though NADD members can register at a significant discount.

Not a NADD member?  JOIN NADD now…


Presentation Levels

Beginner – Individual with limited or no prior experience on the subject matter.

Intermediate – Some experience in subject matter.

Advanced – Experienced and versed in subject matter.


 1)  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2018  3 PM EST

Direct Support Professionals: Friends or Friendly? A Deeper Look into a Difficult Question

Level:  All

 Is it okay for a direct support professional to also be a friend? Is it a boundary that should not be crossed? What is the difference between friends and being friendly as a direct support professional. Join Rachel Jacob as she explores this controversial and complicated topic.

Rachel Jacob, The Arc of Ulster-Greene, Kingston, NY


2) THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018   3 PM EST

Understanding Behavioral and Psychiatric Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD) in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Level:  Beginner/ Intermediate

This webinar will cover the fundamental causes of BPSD in adults with ID. Topics covered will be the role of the physical environment, pain, and caregiver interaction as triggers for behavioral disturbances.  The appropriate use of medication in the management of behaviors will also be discussed.

Kathryn Pears, MPPM, National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices, Conway, SC


3) FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 2018   3 PM EST

Designing a Communal Classroom

Level:  Intermediate

A communal classroom offers a safe, inclusive, student-centered environment where students learn through collaboration and active participation. It is a place where student expertise is developed and utilized, and is diversity embraced.  This webinar will empower elementary teachers and principals by providing practical strategies for immediate classroom implementation, creating a learning environment where everyone belongs.

Ashleigh Molloy, PhD, Transformation Education Institute, Toronto, CAN



How to Prevent the Need for Seclusion, Restraint, and Other Restrictive Practices

Level:  Advanced

This webinar describes a host of evidence based, non-aversive reactive strategies (NARS) that can lead to “resolution” thereby preventing the need for restrictive procedures. These NARS have been shown to be more effective than the restrictive procedures in reducing the severity of a behavioral episode and in keeping people safe.

Gary LaVigna, PhD, BCBA-D, Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis, Los Angeles, CA  


5)  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2018  3 PM EST 

Addressing Mental Health Symptoms to Prevent Challenging Behaviors

Level:  All

Many people with IDD engage in challenging behavior as a way to communicate and get their needs met. Some problem behaviors are caused by symptoms of psychiatric disorders and other mental health conditions. This session will review the complicated factors that contribute to behavior and provide strategies to help Direct Support Professionals address these challenges.

Melissa Cheplic, MPH, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Department of Pediatrics, New Brunswick, NJ; Tony Thomas, LISW-S, ACSW, Welcome House, Inc., WestLake, OH



Longitudinal Trends from the Residential Information Systems Project about Services and Supports to People with IDD – How States Vary Compared to Other States and the U.S.

Level:  Intermediate

The Residential Information Systems Project (RISP) has been tracking supports and services, particularly deinstitutionalization, for over 40 years. Comparing states across the United States to overall trends within the country can be revealing about how government service models differ in the types of supports and services they provide.

Heidi Eschenbacher, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN



Decline in Adults with Down Syndrome

Level:  Intermediate

Adults with IDD are living longer than ever before.  Adults with Down syndrome are at a high risk of developing early onset Alzheimer’s disease. This presentation will review the care and assessment process when decline is suspected including Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. 

Seth Keller, MD, National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices,

Special Interest Group Adult IDD, American Academy of Neurology, Cherry Hill, NJ



Making an Impact: How Managed Care Organizations Can Enter the Equation

Level:  Intermediate

This session will share Amerigroup’s integrated care coordination approach for individuals with Intellectual and developmental disabilities.  We will outline our approach to addressing the physical, behavioral, and social needs of individuals with IDD holistically, providing access to a wide array of services through a single coordination point—supporting meaningful community integration and reducing complexity not only for the individual, but for their families and caregivers.

Renea Bentley, Ed.D., LPC-MHSP, Sr. Manager of Behavioral Health Programs; Amy Eller, MS, LPC-MHSP, Amerigroup Tennessee, Nashville, TN



This Can’t Wait!  Disability Education for First Responders:  A Train-the-Trainer Session

Level:  Beginner

Police officers in communities where we provide services become default responders to mental health crises. These encounters are statistically more likely to result in use of force or shots fired when they involve people with developmental disabilities and/or mental illness.  It’s up to us, as provider agencies, to educate first responders on those we serve. Leave this Train-the-Trainer session with a training you can take to your local police and fire departments to get these informative and necessary conversations started.

Shannon Benaitis, PHR, Albatross Training Solutions, Darien, IL



Wellness Recovery Action Plans (WRAP®)

Level:  Beginner / Intermediate

Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP®) is an evidence-based practice in the area of mental health. It is a self-directed, peer-facilitated and person-centered planning process. Join Stan and Susan as they share lessons learned from their first seminar in 2018 to a core group of people affiliated with CIWP (service participants and staff).  

Stan Schmidt, Community Integrated Work Program, Inc., North Highlands CA; Susan O’Nell, DirectCourse Content Quality Assurance & Enhancement, Research and Training Center on Community Living  (NIDILRR), Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN


Registration – The cut-off for receipt of all registration forms is five (5) business days prior to the Webinar.  Registrations received after this point will not be processed. 

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Please contact the NADD Office with any questions regarding registration regarding the WEBINAR series, or if we can be of any assistance, at or 1-(845) 331-4336.

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