Pre-Conference Sessions:

NAQ is offering two preconference sessions this year - both will be held on August 4, 2020 from 9AM – 4PM with a one hour break for lunch.  


Session Title:  Weighty Issues Indeed!  Medical Conditions Commonly Faced by People with Developmental Disabilities

Speaker:  Barb Bancroft (RN, MSN, NP) is a fascinating, highly informative speaker whose dynamic and humorous presentation style makes learning enjoyable. She provides a wealth of clinical information that can be applied to everyday practice.

Barb is the author of eight books: Medical Minutiae (1999), An Apple a Day: The ABCs of Diet and Disease (2002), Live a Little, Laugh a Lot (2004), Kiss My Asparagus (2012), Geriatric Gems (2018), Focus on Pharmacology (2019), Plants or Pills? (2019), and her latest 2019 release—Laughing My Aspirin Off.

She has provided more than 2800 continuing education events on clinical topics pertaining to pathophysiology, physical assessment, and pharmacology to health care professionals throughout the United States and Canada. She has been the motivational keynote speaker on health maintenance topics for numerous nursing associations, medical associations and dental associations as well as for corporate groups and events.

Barb has held faculty positions at the University of Virginia, the University of Arkansas, Loyola University of Chicago, and St. Xavier University of Chicago. She has provided courses on Advanced Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Physical Assessment to graduate and undergraduate students.

Session Description:  In this session, attendees will explore three medical  condition commonly faced by people with developmental disabilities:  weight issues, gastrointestinal disorders, and neurological conditions. 

Weight Issues:  Young people with disabilities have many issues, beyond those of typically developing children, which increase their risk for greater body mass. These include greater medication use, having syndromes with obesity as an associated symptom, and possessing altered eating habits related to their disability. The prevention of obesity in children with DD has implications for health status, independent living, and quality of life. The seminar discusses what is known about the classic and unique risk factors for childhood obesity in children with developmental disabilities, including dietary concerns, physical activity, sedentary behavior, and family factors, medication use, obesity-related health risks, current weight management options, ad recommendations for weight maintenance or loss.

Gastrointestinal Disorders:  Patients with neurodevelopmental disabilities such as cerebral palsy (CP), spina bifida, Down syndrome, or inborn errors of metabolism frequently have associated gastrointestinal problems. These include oral motor dysfunction leading to feeding difficulties, increased risk of aspiration, prolonged feeding times, and malnutrition. Gastrostomy tube feeding is increasingly being used in these individuals to circumvent oral motor dysfunction and prevent malnutrition. Selected topics to be discussed during this session include excessive drooling, types of dysphagia, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), delayed gastric emptying, constipation and bowel obstruction. Barb focuses on these associated gastrointestinal manifestations and discusses the current diagnostic and therapeutic options available.

Neurological Conditions:  Barb provides a fascinating overview of functional neuroanatomy and corresponding disorders observed in individuals with developmental disabilities. Neuroembryology will be discussed as it relates to various teratogens, neuro assessment of the patient will be correlated with various common clinical entities, and specific seizure disorders will be described. Treatment modalities will be correlated with the common clinical entities.


Session Title:  Lead by Influence, Not Your Job Title


Speaker:  Edward Hershey is certified member of the John Maxwell team - specializing as a leadership coach, speaker, and trainer.  This distinguished achievement, paired with his passion for helping promote and protect the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, makes Edward stand out from the rest of the crowd.  With 25 years of wide-ranging experience in the profit and nonprofit sectors, Edward is a motivated and passionate professional with broad experience in directing all facets of business operations, specializing in leadership, operations and project management.

Edward has a proven record of success in developing and implementing ventures, including the start of new programs. For example, his vision and leadership helped to develop and implement a successful Culinary Arts Program for St. Vincent de Paul. The program is designed to transform the lives of homeless men and women through job training and career placement as chefs in the food service and hospitality industry.  Most recently - in his current position as Vice President of Operations with Home of Guiding Hands - Edward helped to develop and implement a redesign of the residential organizational structure, which allowed promotion opportunities for staff, leadership training, and enhanced compliance.

He proudly extends his leadership acuity to his community.  Edward is actively involved in California’s Developmental Services Oversight, Accountability and Transparency Workgroup, California Disability Services Institute, California Disability Services Association, the Boy Scouts of America, and the VFW.  In the past, Edward has served on the San Diego FEMA Board (serving two terms as the Board chair) and on the California Governor's Interagency Council on Veterans.   

Edward holds a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership with a Specialization in Public and Non-Profit Management and a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management with a Specialization in Strategic Innovation and Change Management from Colorado State University. He is a graduate of the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities.  Edward served in the US Navy during the Gulf War and was honorably discharged in 1993.  

Session Description:  Leadership is not defined by your position within an organization, but by your influence!  This training is broken down into three sections: Leading Yourself, Leading Others, and Leading Your Organization.

Successful leadership starts with self-leadership.  And leading yourself begins with you - identify your purpose, your vision, and who you are as a person of influence.  Attendees will learn how to identify their leadership style as well as explore the benefits of attitude, positive thinking, and emotional intelligence. 

Leading others examines the value of diversity and the importance of coaching and mentoring. Learn how to “manage your boss” through a process of consciously working together to obtain the best possible results.  Explore the stages of building unstoppable teams by mastering relationship skills that will ignite your “troops,” boost morale, and get people to trust and respect one another.  Discover fresh ideas and new techniques on how to mentor, motivate and influence others. Become a “ladder builder” and support others on their leadership journey.Leading your organization focuses on adding value to your organization. Explore the tools you need to successfully navigate your company through change.  Learn the importance of succession planning and why all good leaders use it. Lastly, we will talk about legacy and what your lasting impact will be on the organization. In this session attendees can expect to learn how to:

•           Identify the personal and organizational values that drive you as a leader
•           Strengthen your personal leadership style
•           Lead your team and your boss successfully
•           Understand the value-infused role of a leader in culture-building and team support
•           Successfully change management
•           Establish your own legacy as a leader