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AAIDD Announces its 2014-2015 Board of Directors

April 4, 2014, Washington, DC

The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) is extremely pleased to announce its 2014–2015 Board of Directors, effective July 1, 2014.  The Board of AAIDD is elected by its membership in annual elections.

The members of the 2014–2015 AAIDD Board of Directors are:

President: Amy Hewitt, PhD, FAAIDD
Director, Research and Training Center on Community Living, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

President-Elect: Susan B. Palmer, PhD, FAAIDD
Research Professor, Beach Center on Disability, Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities, Lawrence, Kansas

Vice President: William C. Gaventa, Jr., MDiv, FAAIDD
Coordinator, Summer Institute on Theology and Disability and Adjunct Professor,
Center for Disability Studies, University of Texas

Secretary-Treasurer: Patti N. Martin, MEd
Executive Director, Montgomery 31 Board, Montgomery, Alabama

Past President: James Thompson, PhD, FAAIDD
Professor, Department of Special Education, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois

At-Large Members:

David T. Helm, PhD, FAAIDD
Director of LEND, Institute for Community Inclusion/UCEDD, Boston Children’s Hospital and
University of Massachusetts Boston

Loui Lord Nelson, PhD, FAAIDD
Universal Design for Learning Specialist, University of Kansas, Lawrence, and
Education Consultant, Indianapolis, Indiana

Susan L. Parish, PhD, MSW, FAAIDD
Nancy Lurie Marks Professor of Disability Policy and Director, Lurie Institute for Disability Policy,
Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts

Elizabeth A. Perkins, PhD, RNMH, FAAIDD
Associate Director and Research Assistant Professor,
Florida Center for Inclusive Communities UCEDD, University of South Florida


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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