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AAIDD Announces Its 2018 Fellows

Ceremony to take place at 142nd AAIDD Annual Conference in June 2018

January 3, 2018 (Washington, DC)

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

Catherine Keiling Arnold, MSUniversity of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago, IL)

David Ervin, MA, The Resource Exchange, Inc. (Colorado Springs, CO)

Kim W. Fisher, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL)

Kelly Friedlander, MSW, MPA, Community Bridges Consulting Group (Durham, NC)

Jane L. Lurquin, EdD, Children’s Habilitation Center (Hometown, IL)

Gerald J. Nebeker, PhD, RISE, Inc. (Lindon, UT)

Margaret A. Nygren, EdD, AAIDD (Washington, DC)

Mary Kay Rizzolo, PhDThe Council on Quality and Leadership (Hopkins, MN)

Jennifer Sullivan Sulewski, PhD, UMass Boston (Boston, MA)

Emily Shea Tanis, PhDUniversity of Colorado (Boulder, CO)

The formal ceremony of preferment to Fellow will be held at AAIDD’s 142nd Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri from June 25-28, 2018.

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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