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AAIDD Announces its 2013 Fellows

Ceremony to take place at 137th AAIDD Annual Conference in June 2013

January 30, 2013 (Washington, DC)

The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) is pleased to announce and congratulate 15 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:

Giulia Balboni, PhD, University of Pisa    

Vincent M. Chesney, MS, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Selinsgrove Center

Melissa DiSipio, MS, Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care   

David Ferleger, JD, Law Office of David Ferleger

Climent Giné Giné, PhD, Ramon Llull University   

David T. Helm, PhD, Boston Children’s Hospital

Carolyn Hughes, PhD, Queens College, City University of New York

James Lemanowicz, Temple University

Barbara A. Mazzella, MS, Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services

Katherine McDonald, PhD, Syracuse University

Joseph P. O’Grady Jr., MD, Medical College of Wisconsin

Edward A. Polloway, PhD, Lynchburg College

Maria Quintero-Conk, PhD, MHMRA of Harris County

J. David Smith, EdD, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Emeritus)

Miguel Ángel Verdugo Alonso, PhD, University of Salamanca

The formal ceremony of preferment to Fellow will be held at AAIDD’s 137th Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from June 3–6, 2013.

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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