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Each year, AAIDD honors a select number of individuals and groups who have made outstanding contributions to the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. A call for nominations is made each fall, and awards are presented at the Association's annual meeting.

The 2018 awards recipients recognized for outstanding contributions or special achievements are:

Early Career Award
Amy Weitlauf, PhD, Vanderbilt University

Education Award
David R. Johnson, PhD, University of Minnesota

International Award
Giulia Balboni, PhD, University of Perugia

Leadership Award
Mary Kay Rizzolo, PhD, The Council on Quality and Leadership

Policy Award
Marty Ford, JD, The Arc of the US

Research Award 
Ann P. Kaiser, PhD, Vanderbilt University

Service to the Association Award
Sharon Gomez, Evergreen Life Services

Service to the Field Award
Leslie Walker-Hirsch, MEd, Moonstone

Student Award
Jennifer Bumble, MEd, Vanderbilt University

Download the 2018 Awards Program