Name: Robert Schalock Chewalah, WA
Member since: 1972
Why AAIDD: I have been a member since 1972. As a young, researcher-implementer AAMR (back then it was AAMR) provided me with opportunities for networking, impacting policies and practices, mentorship, collegiality.
Why Intellectual Disability: Initially, I got into the field as a researcher interested in brain mechanisms and behavior. Later, I stuck on as a professional who saw the area as one with tremendous growth and personal involvement opportunities.
AAIDD Leadership: Past president; Chair, Terminology and Classification Committee; Member, Committee on the Diagnostic Adaptive Behavior Scale; Co-author, Supports Intensity Scale.