One of the many ways that NAME provides leadership; promotes integrity, collaboration and success; and facilitates a network to share information is the national conference NAME holds every year.

In addition to a week-long opportunity to network with NAME members from across the country and attend informative sessions, NAME’s 2014 Conference in Niagara Falls, NY, demonstrated NAME’s ongoing dialogues with other national organizations. General sessions at this year’s conference included a panel discussion among representatives of related service provider national organizations AOTA (Occupational Therapy), APTA (Physical Therapy), ASHA (Speech and Language Pathologists/Audiologists, and NASN (School Nurses) and a ‘fireside chat’ featuring NAME’s new Executive Director and representatives of the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), the National Association of State Medicaid Directors (NASMD) and the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE).

In her weekly update to CASE members, Executive Director Luann Purcell emphasized the importance of partnerships and collaboration.  She cited the NAME Conference as a good example and encouraged special educators to take advantage of resources that NAME offers, such as this year’s conference sessions on the growth of telepractice and its potential to help address the shortage of related service providers in some areas of the country. Watch NAME’s Member Only site for additional links to other national organizations that offer resources of interest to our membership.