Join us this year for the Eighteenth NAQ Conference which will be held in Reno, Nevada at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino.  This year’s theme is “Leading for Person-Centered Excellence”. 

Registration is now open!

To Register online, please click the following link

Online Registration

To download a registration form to mail/fax, please click the link below
18th Annual NAQ Conference Registration PDF

 Please join our mailing list in order to receive all future conference mailings. 

Just send your request along with your name, mailing address and email address (most future mailings will be sent via email) to lelgas@qddp.org.

Beginning Tuesday, August 6, disability professionals from around the nation will gather for a vast array of educational programming. 

Preconference Sessions

Tuesday, August 6

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

There are 2 All Day Preconference Sessions to Choose From:

Transforming Team Trouble: Important Steps Toward Creating a Person-Centered Excellence Culture

Timothy Williams and Carly Brynelson, Northwest Resolutions, Inc., Portland, OR

The ability of employees to provide excellent person-centered services and supports depends heavily on an affirming culture. Employees thrive because of strong teams and dynamic team leadership. Teamwork, however, often suffers from internal discord and disruption. While not all conflict is harmful to organizational effectiveness, the angst, tension and disharmony caused by unnecessary and unproductive conflict can undermine and destroy efforts to ensure performance that can truly be identified as person-centered excellence.

 Leaders can help their team members address conflict by engaging them in this one-day program that transforms their interactions through the effective management of disputes. The program includes four unique sessions that offer proven conflict management strategies based on the understanding that destructive discord is a barrier to providing excellent person-centered services and supports. Participants will learn about the session content, practice implementing strategies and receive ready-to-use materials to take back to their teams.

Person-Centered Planning: It’s Not About Writing the Plan!

Kim Zoeller, Ray Graham Association, Lisle, IL

Writing “the plan” is not the goal of person-centered planning. Actually, the most meaningful piece of person-centered planning is the process itself with its roots deep in the real meaning of “person-centeredness.” Obviously, the developing a plan involves regulations and rules that must be followed for compliance purposes, so often, you, the QDDP, get caught up in these elements, while the person and his/her true priorities and interests get a bit lost in the details. However, you can do both and do it so well that people with disabilities are able to reach, grow and achieve.

This training session focuses on the true meaning of “person-centeredness,” a process that involves using appropriate techniques to create a planning tool that evolves and is based on what’s really important to the person you support. Participants learn how to do all of this while making the regulatory entities satisfied! This interactive session encourages audience participation, and includes learning activities and real-life scenarios.

Keynote Sessions

Wednesday, August 7

If It's To Be, It's Up To Me!
The Role of the QDDP in Achieving Person-Centered Excellence

Tom Pomeranz, Universal LifeStiles, LLC, Indianapolis, IN

Using humor, passion and storytelling, Dr. Tom Pomeranz provides Qualified Developmental Disability Professionals (QDDPs) with information on best practice approaches in their role as leaders in improving the quality of life of individuals for whom they are responsible.    The skills of modeling, prompting, supporting and celebrating are among the foundation tools of the exemplary QDDP as a catalyst in promoting change in the organizational culture.  

Most importantly, Tom emphasizes the power of relationship building as a decisive factor in being an effective leader in influencing support professionals.  We recognize that people who require support are most likely to fulfill their desires and dreams through their relationships with competent, skilled and respectful support professionals.  Through the QDDP’s use of these dynamic leadership and mentoring tools, the professional skills of support professionals are developed and enhanced, ultimately improving their work life and the quality of life of those supported.  The effectiveness of the QDDP in performing this role provides the impetus for people supported to achieve their person centered goals and lead enviable lives. 

Thursday, August 8

Affecting the Moment: Forging Connections at the Center

Frank Pastizzo, Warm Up the Workplace, Inc., Saranac Lake, NY

In a program that is presented around the nation, Frank Pastizzo uses a wonderful mix of music, comedy and storytelling from his diverse career to capture his audiences and help them find ways to warm up their workplaces and be more supportive of one another.  Exploring the dynamics of diverse workplaces, Frank presents clear and concise directions on how all of us can contribute to making our jobs rich with humor, humanity, and joy.

Registration Rates

Tuesday Pre-conference

$75/Member, $100/Non member

Wednesday – Friday Conference

                              Prior to July 5               After July 5

Member                         $225                              $250

Non-Member                 $250                              $275

Annual membership $50 (regularly $55 – save $5)

Daily Rate

$100 Wednesday or Thursday

Group Rates

5-10 registrants $25 off each registration

11+ registrants- call for discounted rate (815-485-4781)

Travel & Accommodations

The Grand Sierra Resort and Casio is headquarters for this year’s conference.  The rates are $79 for single/double, tax not included.  For reservations, call 1-800-501-2651 and be sure to mention the National Association of QDDPs Conference to get the lower rate.  Rates are valid through July 6, 2013.

The hotel is less than 2 miles from the airport. A shuttle is provided by the Grand Sierra Resort. 

Departure from the Hotel- The shuttle leaves the hotel on the hour and half hour, daily between 5:00 a.m. and 11:30 p.m.

Departure from Airport- The shuttle leaves from the exit located at the far end of baggage claim every 15 and 45 minutes past the hour, daily between 5:15 a.m. and 11:45 p.m.

 Activities During and After the Conference

Join us at the welcoming reception Tuesday evening between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m at the Grand Resort and Casino.  It is a great opportunity to network with other attendees.  Complimentary appetizers will be served with a cash bar.

Wednesday Conference-Wide Dinner (6:30 – 9:30 p.m.)

Join us Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. for dinner and music at the Crystal Ballroom of the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino. Dress to fit the Western theme and enjoy a buffet-style meal for $70 per person. It includes grilled chili and maple-marinated chicken, mesquite-grilled strip steak, tossed salad, corn on the cob, baked beans, baked potatoes, green onion and cheddar biscuits, cornbread, watermelon, apple pie, peach cobbler and ice cream. Coffee, hot and iced tea, milk and two drinks (wine/beer) per person accompany the meal.