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Elisa Velardo, MMHS, FAAIDD

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Elisa Velardo

President, AAIDD Board of Directors


I believe that one of the greatest strengths of AAIDD as a vibrant member organization is the opportunity for practitioners, researchers, policy specialists, students, and fierce advocates to come together, inform each other, and in so doing, improve each area of expertise. My particular area of focus has been to promote excellence and innovation in service delivery and supports, advocacy, and progressive policy development.

My goal will be to strengthen the provider/practitioner perspective to better engage and expand membership within this key stakeholder group. My approach is to value and optimize the contributions of all AAIDD members in order to advance the mission and strategic objectives of the organization. This will ensure that AAIDD will continue to be a welcoming place for early career professionals who be the future leaders in the field to develop a lifelong professional network. 


Current Position:
Regional Director for the CT Department of Developmental Services - leading services and supports for over 5700 people in the North Region of CT

Previous Positions:
Executive Director Vinfen Corporation of CT/Vice-President Vinfen Corporation
Vice President, Vinfen Corporation of CT
Regional Director, Vinfen Corporation of CT

Master’s Degree in Management of Human Services, Specialization in Developmental Disabilities
The Heller School, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Eastern CT State University

AAIDD Participation:
Member 1993-present
Fellow - 2014
Co-Chair Local Arrangements Committee - 2017
Fellowship and Awards Committee - 2015-2017 (chair)
Presentation Selection Committee, 2014-2019
AAIDD Awards Revision Workgroup - 2017
Region X Board 2005-present
- Immediate Past President: 2017-2018
- President: 2015-2017
- Vice-President: 2015-2017
CT Board 2000-Present

Graduate National Leadership Consortium, University of Delaware, 2015

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