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Benefits of Membership



Professional benefits designed specifically for you!

AAIDD is the definitive membership organization and the authoritative source of information for those in the intellectual disability profession. Our membership consists of professionals from around the world. Joining AAIDD lets you tap into a network of top professionals who can help you find a job, show you the ropes, and deepen your involvement in your profession.

AAIDD Provides Timely Information to Members

Members receive weekly emails on upcoming webinars, conferences, career advancement opportunities, and job postings.  Our electronic communications keeps members updated on important information in the field.

AAIDD Influences the Future

AAIDD has played a crucial role in helping to set federal policy and priorities, working closely with federal agencies, legislative staff, and  our many partners in the disability community.

AAIDD Links You to Top Professionals

The members of AAIDD are an impressive group, including today's leaders in research, practice, and public policy in intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our Student and Early Career Professionals group offers career and networking benefits to help new members in the field get started.

AAIDD  Interest Networks Address Your Interests

To meet the diversity of  interests, specialties, and concerns of its members, AAIDD offers Special Interest Groups and unique Divisions to enable members to connect and work with others who share similar interests.

AAIDD Publishes the Definitive Works in the Field

AAIDD's catalog of books offer proven solutions, promising approaches and fresh perspectives. AAIDD's bookstore offerings are organized by Management, Assessment, Training, and Reference & Research. Members enjoy at a 15% discount on all titles.

AAIDD’s Annual Meeting Provides Common Visions and Uncommon Innovations

Each year, AAIDD’s Annual Meeting brings together colleagues from around the world. They come to meet, to interact, and to learn about the latest programs, research, policies, technologies and emerging trends in the field of disability. AAIDD members attend the Annual Meeting at exclusive member discounts.

AAIDD Journals Deliver Cutting Edge Research and Practice

AAIDD publishes three well-respected and peer-reviewed journals. Online articles date back to 1997 and are free to members to read and download.

  • American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities—reports current and critical research in the biological behavioral and educational sciences.
  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities—reports applied research, practical solutions, and perspectives.
  • Inclusion—reports evidence-based interventions and strategies that promote the full inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in society

AAIDD Submits Amicus Curiae Briefs in Important Cases

AAIDD has frequently played a key role in crucial court cases on issues such as: medical decisions affecting newborns; school exclusion; the ADA; the exclusionary zoning of group homes; and the rights of defendants charged in criminal cases.

It's a powerful community — and that power is growing.

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