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Connecticut Hosts National Conference

Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Commissioner Peter H. O’Meara recently provided the opening remarks to the 16th Annual Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association (DDNA) Conference at the MGM Grand Hotel at Foxwoods.  In addition to DDNA, the conference titled “Collaborating for Excellence in Education”, was co- sponsored by the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD).
The DDNA is a nursing organization founded in 1992 to meet the professional needs of RNs and LPNs serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  It promotes the best standards of nursing practice by providing educational opportunities, fostering communication among state networks, and providing the opportunity for RNs and LPNs to be recognized for their specialized knowledge through a process of certification.
The AADMD is a professional organization comprised of physicians and dentists who are involved in Developmental Medicine and Dentistry.  It was formed to foster excellence in clinical care of people with intellectual disabilities, encourage curriculum development pertinent to this field to medical schools, and provide continuing education on current research and practices to members.
Commissioner O’Meara welcomed over 700 nurses, doctors, dentists, and other allied health professionals participants from across the United States and Canada to Connecticut.  He applauded those in attendance for their commitment to persons with intellectual disabilities and challenged each of them to become advocates in their home states for improved services for the persons they serve. 
Connecticut was well represented by more than 75 nurses from the public and private sector. They participated in all or part of the conference offerings that included such topics as Autism Spectrum Disorders, Evaluation of Behavior and Pain, Osteoporosis, Aging Concerns, Neurological Complications and Dental Considerations for Persons With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.