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The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) cancelled its scheduled 2020 Annual Meeting and Conference in response to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic; this this appears to be the first time in the organization’s 144-year history that its annual meeting was cancelled.

AAIDD acknowledges and thanks the presenters, the planning and local arrangements committees, the panel reviewers, staff, and volunteers for all their efforts in preparing for this meeting. While the conference itself did not take place, AAIDD intends to showcase, using electronic vehicles throughout the year, some of the presentations that would have been made in-person at this event.

AAIDD gratefully recognizes the chair of the 2020 conference planning committee for his leadership concerning this conference: Leonard J. Abbeduto, PhD, FAAIDD, President-elect of the AAIDD Board of Directors and Director, MIND Institute and Tsakopoulous-Vismara Endowed Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine, University of California, Davis, and President-elect of the AAIDD Board of Directors.
Below is a document providing a listing of all the sessions that were accepted for the 2020 AAIDD Annual Meeting and Conference, Technology as a Tool to Enhance Services, Support, and Health Equity, scheduled for June 1–4, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


The following sessions have been recorded:

 



Using Technology to Deliver Services and Supports in Homes, Neighborhoods, and Communities: Evidence and Promise

Len Abbeduto photo

 Leonard Abbeduto, PhD, FAAIDD

Director, MIND Institute and Tsakopoulos-Vismara Endowed Chair University of California, Davis
President-Elect, AAIDD Board of Directors



 
 

 


Dignity and Belonging in a Digitally Connected World

 Jutta Treviranus photo
Jutta Treviranus, PhD

Director and Founder, Inclusive Design Research Centre
Ontario College of Art and Design University







Breaking the Speech Barrier in the Digital Age: The Role of Technology

Mary Ann Romski photo MaryAnn Romski, PhD, FAAIDD

Regents Professor of Communication, Psychology, and Communication Sciences & Disorders
Georgia State University






     AAIDD Annual Business Meeting
Margaret Nygren   Melissa_DeSipio
Presenters:
Margaret A. Nygren, EdD, FAAIDD, AAIDD
Melissa A. DiSipio, MSA, FAAIDD, Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care

The AAIDD bylaws call for an annual business meeting of the Association. AAIDD’s annual business meeting is generally held during the “Open Membership Meeting & Leadership Forum” at the annual meeting; however, with the cancellation of the conference due to the pandemic, the 2020 business meeting is being held via webinar.