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.
Awarded for contribution to or achievement in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities by an individual in the early stages of their career.
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.
Awarded for significant contributions to dissemination of knowledge in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Awarded to culturally responsive programs that have succeeded in full community inclusion and participation.
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.
Awarded for contributions to historic preservation of the archives of the field of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and/or the Association.
Awarded for promotion of human welfare and social reform.
Awarded for outstanding contributions in research, education, service, or advocacy that has had an impact on people with intellectual and developmental disabilities within a particular country or across national lines.
Awarded for courage and dedication resulting in an outstanding contribution to the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Awarded for significant contributions in depicting Americans with disabilities in a positive light.
Note: A copy of or access to (URL, database, etc.) the work(s) must be provided.
Awarded for significant contributions to public policy that has advanced the field and resulted in positive outcomes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Awarded for formulations and investigations that have contributed significantly to the body of scientific knowledge in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Awarded for significant leadership contributions to a Chapter, Region, or Interest Network.
Awarded for contributions to improved service to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Awarded for an unusual or significant contribution or achievement not covered by other award categories.
Recognizes student contributions in service, leadership, or scholarship to the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.
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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