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AAIDD Announces Its 2016 Fellows

Ceremony to take place at 140th AAIDD Annual Conference in June 2016

February 4, 2016 (Washington, DC)

The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) is pleased to announce and congratulate twelve individuals who have been identified to receive the designation of Fellow of the Association (FAAIDD).

This distinction is a high honor and is presented after review and consideration by a committee of leaders in the Association. Individuals may be nominated for Fellow after they have had at least seven years of continuous membership in AAIDD, participation in the professional and business affairs of the Association, and are judged to have made a meritorious contribution to the field of intellectual disability. The newest Fellows are:

Shelly Thomas Christensen, MA, Inclusion Innovations

Susan R. Copeland, PhD, University of New Mexico

Jennifer Lynn Jones, PhD, Oklahoma State University

Justin Kuehl, PsyD, Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division

Carol Britton Laws, PhD, MSW, University of Georgia
Robert D. Dinerstein, JD, American University Washington College of Law

Terri M. Leibfried, MEd,Vinfen Corporation of Connecticut

Anne Masters, MA, Catholic Charities of Archdiocese of Newark

Laura Lee McIntyre, PhD, University of Oregon

Colleen A. McLaughlin, MEd, Rutgers–Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Alya Reeve, MD, MPH, United Counseling Service of Bennington County 
Nancy R. Weiss, MSW, University of Delaware

The formal ceremony of preferment to Fellow will be held at AAIDD’s 140th Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia from June 6-9, 2016.

Founded in 1876, AAIDD is the oldest professional association concerned with intellectual and developmental disabilities. AAIDD advocates for the equality, dignity, and human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and for their full inclusion and participation in society. Learn more about the organization at

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