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  • Shares current news in the field  through its website, members-only email newsletters, press releases, and social media outlets.
  • Educates legislators and others to promote national public policies that ensures the self determination, independence, empowerment, integration, and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
  • Provides authoritative scholarly and clinical information to justices in important court cases that concern people with IDD.

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AAIDD keeps members informed of breaking news and developments with its weekly Member Update, monthly Field Notes and F.Y.I., and quarterly Fellow Insider newsletters.

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Press Releases

AAIDD announces its major activities of interest to the public, including the results of its elections to the Board, and announcements concerning its Awards, Fellows, and events.

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Social Media

AAIDD uses its social media channels to broadly share timely information, including announcements of upcoming events, and service, funding, and research opportunities in the field.

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AAIDD issues statements of its position on matters of national public policy and other important issues. AAIDD frequently issues joint position statements with other national organizations.

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Public Policy

AAIDD works in collaboration with other national organizations to educate legislators and policy makers on the impact certain laws and regulations can have on people with IDD.

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AAIDD hosts and co-hosts webinars, conferences, and other educational events on a wide variety of timely topics. Registration is open to all; the archive of past webinars are available to members only.

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AAIDD applauds the work of others on issues concerning people with IDD and their families. AAIDD occasionally endorses the position statements other other national organizations.

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Amicus Briefs

AAIDD has provided justices with authoritative scholarly and clinical information in US court cases on a number of issues. AAIDD has been cited in landmark decisions that affect people with IDD.

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