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.
List of Past Awardees
2023September 11 - Call for Awards/Fellows Nomination is openOctober 27 - Deadline for submitting nominationsNovember /December- The Committee reviews all nominations/applications and makes their selections2024January - All awards nominees and fellow applications are notified of the status of their nominationJanuary - Recipients are announced on our website/social mediaJune 12 - Awardees are recognized at our Annual Meeting in Louisville, KY
Incomplete nominations will not be considered by the Awards and Fellowship Committee.
Nominations must be submitted via email, in English, and contain the following:
1. Completed nomination form, including
2. A narrative nomination, not to exceed 500 words, addressing the following areas:
3. Resume or vita of nominee.
4. One (1) letter of support (in addition to the nominator's narrative) from a person familiar with the nominee's achievements.
*Please note the letter of support must be from a person other than the nominator.* The narrative is written by the nominator, the letter is written by a person "seconding" the nomination.
The process of evaluating nominations is:
Step 1: Determination of eligibility for consideration.
Does the nomination satisfy the overall and award-specific guidelines for eligibility? Yes/No
Is the nomination complete? Yes/No
Step 2: Determination of merit.
If a candidate is deemed eligible through Step 1, the merit of his or her nomination should be evaluated with respect to the following categories through the narrative, letter of reference, resume/vita, and any additional required supporting documentation.
Step 3: Selection.
A score of at least 80 is required for further consideration. The committee’s deliberation must result in a slate of award winners. Not all awards will be made in all years. Barring truly extraordinary circumstances, no more than one (1) award shall
be made per award category in any year.
Significance of contribution
Not significant (0)
Minor significance (10)
Quality and thoroughness of contributions
Normal effort (1)
Above normal effort (5)
Skilled effort (10)
Excellent in every way (20
Duration of significant effort
3 to 4 years (4)
5 to 7 years (8)
7 to 9 years (12)
10 or more years (14-20)
Geographic range of contribution
North American Continent (25)
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