Mary X - Mercer, MS

North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities
Minot State University
Memorial Hall 203
500 University Avenue West
Minot, ND 58707
Phone: 701-858-3260
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: October 24, 2018

Mary X - Mercer

Leadership Administrative Staff: Assistant Director for Program Management
Discipline(s): Education/Special Education
staff development/training
AUCD Council Membership: Community Education Directors' Council
No Council Membership
Research: Prevention of Abuse and Neglect
Education: Prevention of Abuse and Neglect
Person Centered Planning
Training for Direct Support Professionals and QDDPs-Qualified Developmental Disability Professionals


Mary Mercer is the Provisional Assistant Director for NDCPD at Minot State University. She is an adjunct faculty member of the Special Education Department and is Program Director for the AS in Developmental Disabilities at MSU. She coordinated the development of the online delivery of that degree, authoring many of the courses. Mary directs a statewide training program for direct support and other professionals. She works with community partners to develop/revise and disseminate the curriculum. She has written, revised, or edited 40 training manuals for DSPs and curricula on death education, healthy lifestyles, safety, and future planning for individuals with ID and their families. She developed an online course on Interdisciplinary Issues for NDCPD trainees. Mary coordinates almost 20 training events each year. She serves on the steering committee for the National Association of QMRPs (NAQ) and directed the development of an online credential for QDDP. Mary is also a board member of the Midewin Institute on Prevention of Abuse and Neglect. Mary has a BS in Education from North Dakota State University and a MS in Special Education from Minot State University. She held positions in human resource development and program management for a community-based DD service provider.