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Carolyn Hughes, PhD, Awarded 2012 Education Award

June 20, 2012, Charlotte, NC:

Carolyn Hughes, PhD, of Vanderbilt University, received the 2012 Education Award today at the 136th annual meeting of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD).

The AAIDD Education Award is given for significant contributions disseminating knowledge in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Dr. Hughes is professor of special education and Kennedy Center investigator at Vanderbilt University. Her research extends over 25 years in the areas of transition to adult life, self-determination, support strategies for students with intellectual disability and autism, and social interaction among general education high school students and their peers with disabilities. Her current  research studies peer-mediated model for teaching social interaction skills to high school students with autism.


Founded in 1876, AAIDD is the oldest professional society concerned with intellectual and developmental disabilities.