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Host: National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals, Inc.
Instructor: Rick Rader, MD


The current worldwide news about the emergence of the Coronavirus is on everyone’s list of concerns, questions and insecurities. We created this webinar specifically for Direct Support Professionals to provide them with guidelines for understanding the virus, protecting the individuals they support in the community and offering reliable resources for ongoing news and practices.

This 35 minute webinar was presented by our Medical Advisor, Dr. Rick Rader, and it provides clarity about the Covid-19 virus as well as ways to protect and support people who may be at higher risk of being infected. We had a great deal of interest in this topic with nearly 2,000 people registering for the webinar and 7,000 subsequent YouTube views. If you get a chance please feel free to share it with your direct support professionals and your professional networks.


About the Presenter: Rick Rader, MD

Dr. Rader serves as the National Medical Consultant to the NADSP where he is responsible for creating training and educational content regarding health practices for DSPs. Dr. Rader has consistently advocated for the recognition that DSPs serve as the lynchpin for good health outcomes. He is a Fellow in Developmental Medicine at the American Board of Developmental Medicine. He serves as the Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy at the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry and is the President of the American Association on Health and Disability. He is the Editor in chief of Exceptional Parent Magazine and for the past twenty five years has been the Director of Habilitation at the Orange Grove Center in Chattanooga, Tenn. He has been an advisor to five former US Surgeon General’s in the area of disability and health. He is a member of the Medical Advisory Committee at Special Olympics International. He is a Fellow in the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.