AAIDD honors selected individuals or groups who have made outstanding contributions to the field.
The purpose of AAIDD's annual awards is to recognize those who have made significant contributions that have influenced positive change in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities over an extended period of time.
1. Is designed to and is successful in assuring the full community inclusion and participation of the people who receive services from the program;
2. Empowers local communities in fully including individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities;
3. Serves as an inspiration for other community efforts at the local, state, regional, national, and/or international levels; and
4. Respects and is responsive to local cultures.
An early career professional is a person who has been active in the field for less than 10 years or is less than 10 years post graduate school at the time of nomination.
Note: A copy of or access to (URL, database, etc.) the work(s) depicting Americans with disabilities in must be provided.
A student is a person who was a full-time or part-time student enrolled in a degree program at the time of nomination.
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