NADE speaks for those who are on the “front-lines” of the disability program.
NADE continues to live up to its original mission working as a grass-roots organization to represent the interests of its members. NADE is truly an independent professional association. NADE is not influenced by political parties or other entities or take money from other organizations. NADE’s membership dues comprise ninety percent of the Association’s revenue.
NADE is your professional organization and it is the only organization that can truly represent the disability professional or support professional in Baltimore and Washington D.C. where the decisions are made that determine how you do your job in the DDS.
NADE is your voice – the voice that expresses the “front-line worker” in the DDS perspective in ongoing policy discussions and in testimony before Congress.
That voice is important. No one else can speak for the people who do the work that so many are trying so hard to change.
What will you get from becoming a member if you are not already one?
You will receive four issues of the NADE Advocate per year. This is the Association’s bimonthly professional publication and contains news of ongoing developments at SSA and in the medical profession, news about the organization and its members, and news about what we can expect in the future.
You will be afforded opportunities for leadership. NADE is a member led organization whose leaders at the state, regional and national levels are your co-workers. NADE’s leaders know exactly what it takes to do your job because they, too, do your job and know the impact of new developments and changes on how that job is done.
You will be afforded opportunities for training and learning. The very fact that you are here demonstrates your interest in on-going training and learning. And as you can see from the agenda, NADE training is aimed directly at what you do (and we try to throw some fun into it too!) You will have the opportunity to ask questions from top medical and policy speakers speaking directly to you. NADE’s training conferences are specifically designed for the disability professionals and support professionals like you who render critical decisions on disability on a daily basis.
You may have opportunities for career advancement. NADE membership will not automatically enhance your opportunities for promotion unless you take advantage of seizing those opportunities. However, NADE offers you valuable knowledge and skills that will make you a much more viable employee to your employer or to another employer across the country, because as NADE members, you will learn about employment opportunities in other locations.
You will have opportunities to work with other people to effectuate positive change. This is probably one of the most satisfying aspects of NADE membership – the ability to be able to look back and say, “Yes, I helped change the system.” NADE members are working every day to help design a better system, to look at more effective and more efficient ways of doing business and to make a positive difference in their lives of our members and in the lives of other people. NADE members also work hard at community service projects that help people and NADE members are dedicated to the best possible customer service that can be provided.
NADE offers you the opportunity for professional certification. NADE is the only certifying professional association for disability professionals, disability support professionals, and disability medical consultants in the DDSs. NADE offers this certification as a service to its current NADE members, as well as recertification after three years, upon completion of the necessary requirements. You can be proud as a NADE member of your professional standing knowing that you have surpassed the minimum certification requirements.
NADE is a professional association known by Congress, SSA and other government agencies for its expertise and credibility. NADE is consulted by the congressional committees and subcommittees that oversee the Social Security Administration. NADE’s advice and counsel was sought by President Bush about our issues and concerns in his choice for a new SSA Commissioner. NADE played a prominent role in the confirmation hearings for the Inspector General of SSA. NADE has assisted Congress in writing legislation that impacts on the disability program and we are invited on a regular basis to provide expert testimony at congressional hearings on issues affecting the Social Security disability program. NADE was invited to a briefing by the Commissioner of Social Security to discuss her proposal for a new disability case process and will be meeting with her individually later this month to discuss NADE’s reaction to the proposal, to obtain further details about the proposal and to discuss NADE’s issues and concerns about the proposed new disability case process.
NADE offers a variety of professional awards that recognize the many contributions and outstanding achievements of its members. These awards are presented annually at regional and national conferences and serve as a symbol for the vital and critical service that NADE members perform for the American public.
There are many intangible benefits for NADE members with perhaps the best of these being the new friends you will gain all across the country and even in your own agency. NADE membership offers opportunities to work together with people in your own agency and across the nation. Being here at this training conference offers opportunities for you to meet other people from across the country and make new friends.
If you are not currently a member of NADE, I urge you to join us. Your membership in NADE is important because each new member increases the visibility and the effectiveness of NADE to advocate on your behalf. And with major changes on the horizon, this is becoming increasingly more important every day. NADE membership ensures you that there is someone who can speak on your behalf! The future is now and NADE must provide a strong positive voice to impact on that future.