Name: Vanessa Ervin
Member since: 1992
Work: As the President and CEO of Carobell Inc. our CARF certified programs provide community inclusion and community integrated services for persons with cognitive and intellectual disabilities.
Why AAIDD: I’d like to say, why not AAIDD? I attribute many of my successes and my opportunities to serve on state and national policy boards to AAIDD. It constantly demonstrates the ability to embrace young professionals and merge them with leaders in the field. Together they share one vision that empowers advocacy, research, networking and most importantly to me, the ability to define and express my forte.
Why Intellectual Disability: Growing up in Chicago I watched my Aunt give up her teaching career to raise my cousin, Jeff, who was born with hydrocephalus. Jeff lived well beyond his prognosis. I also had a German language teacher invite me to teach a Sunday school class with her and my passion was fueled for life. Now, because of the opportunities AAIDD has afforded me, I currently serve as a state and regional board member for the American Hospital Association promoting diversity in care issues.
AAIDD Leadership: AAIDD Past Religion and Spirituality President, Past North Carolina State President, served on various Ad Hoc committees.