Name: Dorothy Hiersteiner, MPP
Location: Cambridge MA
Member since: 2012
Research Associate and Coordinator of National Core Indicators® (NCI) at Human Services Research Institute (HSRI)
Why did you join AAIDD?
To learn about new and groundbreaking research in the field, connect with peers, and feel a sense of solidarity with others striving towards the same values.
Why did you choose the field of intellectual disability?
In my final semester of graduate school at Brandeis University’s
Heller School, I took a class focused on working with big datasets. This class
opened my eyes to the power of data to affect social change. I was able to put
this knowledge into practice when I began working with the NCI team at HSRI in
2012 where I quickly developed a strong interest in the measurement of quality
of life, performance, and outcomes experienced by people receiving supports
from state DD systems. I also helped design and implement the NCI Staff
Stability Survey, which collects data on the quality and stability of the
direct support professional workforce in participating states.
My passion is to affect policy
change by amplifying the voices of people with disabilities and those who
AAIDD leadership positions:
Co-Chair of the Direct Support Professional