August 1-4, 2023 - Memphis, TN

"Walkin' the Walk in Memphis"

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August 2 - 5, 2022 - New Orleans, LA

"Moving Forward: A Future of Possibilities"

August 11 & 12, 2021 - Virtual Event

Out of an abundance of caution, we chose to host this event in a virtual format this year.  This decision certainly did not affect the quality of our speakers or the diversity of topics.  We offered several types of sessions during the event:     

  • Keynote Sessions are one-hour sessions with a featured speaker
  • Breakout Sessions are one-hour sessions covering a wide variety of topics
  • Roundtable Discussions. In these one-hour sessions, attendees had the opportunity to share and hear about strategies, best practices, ideas, and recommendations around a single area of focus.
  • Deep Dive Sessions are three hours in length and allow subject matter experts to provide in-depth training and information.

Session Details & Speaker Information

August 4 - 7, 2020:  Cancelled

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we felt it was necessary to cancel the 25th annual DDP Conference from August 4 – 7, 2020 in order to ensure the safety and well-being of our friends and colleagues.      

August 6 - 9, 2019 - Grand Rapids, MI

"We Don’t Have To Do What We’ve Always Done"


 August 7-10, 2018 - Milwaukee, WI

"Shaping the Future of Services: Creative Approaches and Solutions"

August 8 - 11, 2017 - Cleveland, OH

"Sharing the Gold Standards of Services and Supports"


2016 - Louisville, KY

 "Swing for the Fences: Hitting Person-Directed Planning Out of the Park"

Louisville, Kentucky 


2015 - New Orleans, LA  

"Everyday Well-Being"

New Orleans, Louisiana


 2014 - Nashville, TN 

"Individual Empowerment: Ourselves, Our Co-Workers, and the People We Support"

Nashville, Tennessee


2013 - Reno, NV

"Leading for Person Centered Excellence"

Reno, Nevada


2012 - Chicago, IL

"Fresh Perspectives, Positive Attitudes"

Chicago, Illinois


 2011 - Kansas City, MO

"Handling the Hassle Factors"

Kansas City, Missouri


 2010 - New Orleans, LA

"For the Good of Others"

New Orleans, Louisiana


 2009 - Las Vegas, NV

"This Too Shall Pass: A Permanent Perspective for Temporary Times"

Las Vegas, Nevada


  2008 - Memphis, TN

"Feeling Good About Quality"

Memphis, Tennessee


 2007 - Atlanta, GA

"Making It Happen"

Atlanta, Georgia


 2006 - San Antonio, TX

"Serve Well: Tell the Story"

San Antonio, Texas


 2005 - Las Vegas, NV

"Celebrating Our Achievements"

Las Vegas, Nevada


 2004 - Chicago, IL

"Turning Our Principles Into Practice"

Chicago, Illinois


 2003 - Orlando, FL

"With Spirit and Strength"

Orlando, Florida


 2002 - Snowbird, UT

"The Heart of the Matter"

Snowbird, Utah


 2001 - Nashville, TN

"How Far Can We Go"

Nashville, Tennessee


 2000 - New Orleans, LA

"QMRP Jazz: How It's Really Played"

New Orleans, Louisiana


 1999 - Boulder, CO

"Juggling New Dimensions"

Boulder, Colorado


 1998 - San Antonio, TX

"Gauging Our Progress"

San Antonio, Texas


 1997 - Saint Paul, MN

"Focusing Our Vision"

Saint Paul, Minnesota


 1996 - Lake Tahoe, NV

"Breaking New Ground"

Lake Tahoe, Nevada