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AAIDD Announces Its 2024 Awards

January 8, 2024 (Silver Spring, MD)

Ceremony to take place at the 148th AAIDD Annual Meeting in June 2024.


The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) is pleased to announce and congratulate those who have been selected to receive awards of the Association in 2024. Each year, AAIDD honors select individuals, organizations, or media who have made outstanding contributions to the field. A call for award nominations is issued in the fall of each year and awards are presented at the annual meeting of the Association.

The 2024 AAIDD awards recognizing outstanding contributions or special achievement are:  

Early Career Award 
Allison Zagona, PhD, The University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS ) 

Education Award 
Jennifer Kurth, PhD, The University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS ) 

Full Community Inclusion Award 
Imagine Enterprises (Seabrook, TX) 

Humanitarian Award            
William Gaventa, MDiv, FAAIDD, Emeritus, Institute on Theology and Disability (Woodway, TX)

Leadership Award 
Amy Hewitt, PhD, FAAIDD, University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN) 

Media Award
IDD Health Matters Podcast (Craig Escudé, MD, host) 

Policy Award
Jean Winsor, PhD, University of Massachusetts Boston (Boston, MA) 

Research Award 
Frank Symons, PhD, FAAIDD University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN) 

Service to the Field Award
Brian Abery, PhD, University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN) 

Special Award 
Sentry Services and Supports (Mt. Carmel, PA) 

Student Award 

Jessica Curd, MSW, Indiana University (Indianapolis, IN) 

Awardees will be honored at the 148th AAIDD Annual Meeting to be held June 10-12, 2024 in Louisville, Kentucky


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