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AAIDD Releases Four New Online Courses for Disability Professionals

Washington, DC (May 11, 2012)—The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) is pleased to announce the release of four new courses for developmental disability professionals through its Online Learning Site:

• Supervision and the Principles of Positive Behavior Support
• Supervisory Training Part 1: Defining Work Expectations
• Supervisory Training Part 2: Assessing and Supporting Work Performance
• Supervisory Training Part 3: Knowing How to Discipline and Promoting Positive Work Place Enjoyment

Each of these new courses combines interactive exercises, detailed case examples, and instructive information to guide supervisors in promoting work quality and enjoyment among support staff working with people who have developmental and related disabilities. Each course is guided by the principles of Positive Behavior Support and the course content complements the important work originated by Reid, Parsons, and Green in The Supervisor Training Curriculum.

“These courses highlight the importance of an effective supervisor-support staff relationship in providing quality supports and services. We hope that these courses will assist supervisors in guiding staff to provide the best supports and services possible for people with disabilities. AAIDD is committed to investing in the disability workforce by providing evidence-based, practical, and skills oriented tools for success through our online learning program.” says Margaret Nygren, Executive Director & CEO of AAIDD.

The AAIDD Online Learning Site is brought to you in partnership with Essential Learning and provides access to more than 300 courses accredited by national and state organizations. The Developmental Disabilities Course Library contains courses on a wide variety of topics at multiple skill levels. The courses help busy professionals access continuing education credits (CEUs), remain in compliance with regulatory training requirements, improve staff performance, and deliver high quality services to people with developmental disabilities and their families.  The Online Learning Site is open to everyone, but AAIDD members receive a 10% discount on all courses. 

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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