37th Annual NADD Conference and Exhibit Show


NADD is deeply grateful to everyone who worked so hard to make this year’s Annual Conference and Exhibit Show a success – thank you for another fantastic year of shared learning and commuity!

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NADD is first and foremost committed to the health and safety of our extended community, and in keeping with these values we have decided to transition our 37th Annual NADD Conference and Exhibit Show into a digital event. While we would much prefer to be physically together, these times are such that we must err on the side of caution and safety.

We are excited about the opportunities for learning and community that a virtual conference platform will afford us, and we are transforming our program and processes to ensure this year’s conference encompasses all the robust and engaging content NADD is known for.

Who Should Attend?

  • Administrators

  • Psychologists

  • Psychiatrists 

  • Direct Support Professionals

  • Physicians

  • Educators

  • Individuals with IDD

  • Individuals with Mental Health Needs
  • Family Members

  • Residential Providers

  • Social Workers

  • Students

  • Therapists

  • Criminal Justice Systems Personnel

  • Behavioral Specialists/Analysts

  • Employment Specialists

  • Case Managers

  • Client Coordinators

Thank You to Our  2020 Keynote Speakers!

Dr. Joseph Shrand

Dr. Joseph Shrand is Medical Director of Road to Responsibility, headquartered in Marshfield, MA, and Chief Medical Officer of Riverside Community Care, headquartered in Dedham, MA. He has been a Lecturer of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, an Adjunct Faculty of Boston’s Children’s Hospital, and is Triple Board Certified in adult, child, and adolescent psychiatry as well as a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Among colleagues and staff he is affectionately called “Doctor Joe,” as he was “Joe” in the original children’s cast of the PBS series Zoom.

Dr. Shrand has developed the I-M Approach, a psychological model suggesting a fundamental paradigm shift toward a view of people as exhibiting a current maximum potential at all times. He is also the Founder of Drug Story Theater, Inc., a nonprofit organization teaching improvisational theater techniques to teenagers in the early stages of recovery from drug and alcohol, whose performances transform individual recovery into collective prevention.

Dr. Shrand’s books include Manage Your Stress: Overcoming Stress in the Modern World; Outsmarting Anger: Seven Strategies to Defuse Our Most Dangerous Emotion; The Fear Reflex: Five Ways to Overcome It and Trust Your Imperfect Self; and Do You Really Get Me? Finding Value In Yourself Through Empathy and Connection. His weekly radio show, The Dr. Joe Show: Exploring Who We Are and Why We Do What We Do, covers a range of issues in addiction and mental health through discussions with experts and is accessible on WATD 95.9 FM and as a podcast.

Dr. Dan Li is a pediatrician and the founder of Wu Han Lin Jie Psychological Rehabilitation Clinic for Children. Before founding Linjie, she worked as an associate professor and advisor for master-level graduate students in Liyuan Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology. DrLi serves as a standing member of the Autism Rehabilitation Professional Committee of the Chinese Disabled Persons Rehabilitation Association, Deputy Director of the Applied Behavior Analysis Professional Committee of the Chinese Disabled Rehabilitation Association and Deputy Director of the Autism Rehabilitation Professional Committee of the Hubei Provincial Rehabilitation Association for People with Disabilities. She is also an adjunct professor at Central China Normal University, Wuhan, Hubei.

DrLi’s areas of practice and research cut across rehabilitation education for people with developmental disabilities and include the topics of autism and intellectual disabilities, qualitative diagnosis, quantitative assessment, and individualized rehabilitation education. In recent years, she has edited or co-authored several Chinese monographs, including “Key Skills Training Method for Autism Intervention”, “Analysis of Applied Behaviors of Special Children”, “Training Teaching Materials for Managers of Autism Rehabilitation Institutions”, “Communication and Language Training for Children with Intellectual Disabilities”, “Problematic Behavior Analysis and Intervention”, and “Practical Handbook of Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT)”. She is the second translator of the Chinese version of “Verbal Behavior Milestone Assessment and Placement Program (VBMAPP)”, and she has published more than ten scholarly papers in professional journals. In 2012, DrLi received the Award for Professionals from Developing Countries from the International Society for Autism Research.

Dr. Anaita Hegde is a Pediatric Neurologist at Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre in Mumbai, India. Dr. Hedge has M.B.B.S from Seth G.S. Medical College, KEM Hospital, D.C.H and MD from King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, MRCPCH (London), Fellowship in Neurosciences, Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London. Dr. Hedge is a member of several national and international neurological societies and is also involved in Pediatric Neurology Rural Project, treating over 5,000 patients to date. She has published several papers in national and international journals. Areas of interest include pediatric epilepsy, movement disorders, and disability. Dr. Anahita Hegde is active in postgraduate teaching, research studies and conducts a 2 years fellowship program in Pediatric Neurology for young postgraduates.

Archana Chandra is the CEO & a Board Member of Jai Vakeel Foundation & Research Centre, India’s largest and oldest nonprofit working in the field of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). 

She serves as the Trustee of the Society for Rehabilitation of Crippled Children (SRCC), which in collaboration with Narayan Health has built one of the largest pediatric hospitals in India.  As a member of the Advisory Board of Annamrita (which is part of the ISKCON Food Relief Foundation), she helps govern one of the largest NGOs in the country that serves mid-day meals to under-resourced children. Additionally, she serves on the Advisory Board of Antarang Foundation, which works to build self-reliance in at-risk youth. 

NADD Gratefully Acknowledges the Generous Support

of the Following Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors


Aymira Healthcare Technologies

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Project TEDD: Training Educators in Dual Diagnosis



Wright State BSOM Department of Psychiatry

NADD also gratefully acknowledges

The World Flag Project 

for permission to use of their image in our Conference Design