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What are Interest Networks?

The Interest Networks provide a forum for AAIDD members with a shared interest or discipline to connect and share ideas and information. AAIDD members are encouraged to join one or more Interest Networks to advance their professional interests.

 

Interest Network Activities

Interest Networks share information, host webinars, sponsor student and early career conference attendance scholarships, and provide a leadership opportunity for members.

AAIDD Interest Networks

 

Communication Disorders 
The Communications Disorders Interest Network seeks to support and sustain those with an interest in communication disorders and to promote active participation in the Association. 

Communication Disorders 2021-2022 Action Plan

Gerontology 
The Interest Network seeks to advance knowledge and practice in the field as it applies to an aging population.

Gerontology 2021-2022 Action Plan

Religion & Spirituality
The Interest Network seeks to advocate for the opportunities and supports needed for people with IDD to express their spiritual and religious interests, needs, and gifts, and to assist service providers and congregations in embracing inclusion. Includes Journal of Disability & Religion.  
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Religion & Spirituality 2021-2022 Action Plan

Community
The Interest Network seeks to support and sustain the value and impact of the Association among professionals who manage and lead community-based practices, projects, programs, and organizations.

Community 2021-2022 Action Plan

Health and Wellness 
The Health and Wellness Interest Network seeks to promote health and wellness research, activities, and educational opportunities for professionals working in the field of IDD.

Health & Wellness 2021-2022 Action Plan

Research  
The Interest Network seeks to support and advance the impact of research on the field of IDD. 

Research 2021-2022 Action Plan

Creative Arts
The Interest Network seeks to support the exchange of knowledge, ideas, research, and practices to enhance the lives of children and adults with IDD through creative arts.  
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Creative Arts 2021-2022 Action Plan

International
The Interest Network seeks to promote international research cooperation and to serve as a home for international members of the Association.

International 2021-2022 Action Plan

Sexual and Social Relationships
The Interest Network provides activities and support for AAIDD members whose professional practice concerns sexuality and intimate relationships among people with IDD. 
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Sexual and Social Relationships 2021-2022 Action Plan

Direct Support Professionals
The Interest Network sees to increase awareness of DSP workforce issues amongst AAIDD members, promote related research and development activities, and to partner on relevant national initiatives that advance the field. 
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DSP 2021-2022 Action Plan

Legal Process and Public Policy
The Interest Network seeks to reduce barriers to the criminal justice system for people with IDD and to inform, support, and advocate for the legal rights of people with IDD.

Legal Process & Public Policy 2021-2022 Action Plan

Social Work
The Interest Network provides activities and support for AAIDD members with a social work background or interest in social work and IDD.

Social Work 2021-2022 Action Plan

Education
The Interest Network seeks to advance the field in educating children, youth, and young adults with IDD.  
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Education 2021-2022 Action Plan

Multicultural Concerns 
The Interest Network seeks to increase awareness, knowledge of, and skills related to multicultural issues and their impact on service delivery to persons with IDD.

Multicultural Concerns 2021-2022 Action Plan

Student and Early Career Professionals (SECP)
The Interest Network seeks to enhance the educational and professional knowledge of students and early career professionals working in the field of IDD and to promote their representation and involvement within AAIDD.   
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SECP 2021-2022 Action Plan

Families 
The Interest Network seeks to expand attention to the roles of families and their needs In supporting people with IDD.

Families 2021-2022 Action Plan

Psychology
The Interest Network provides activities and support for AAIDD members with a psychology background or interest in mental health and IDD.  
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Psychology 2021-2022 Action Plan

Technology
The Interest Network seeks to promote the use of technology as a strategy to increase the self-determination and quality of life of people with IDD.

Technology 2021-2022 Action Plan

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