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AAIDD Announces Its 2021 Awards

Ceremony to take place at the 145th AAIDD Annual Conference in June 2021.

January 11, 2021 (Silver Spring, MD)

The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) is pleased to announce and congratulate the individuals  who have been selected to receive awards of the Association in 2021.

Each year, AAIDD honors selected individuals or groups who have made outstanding contributions to the field. A call for award nominations is issued in the fall of each year and awards are presented at the annual meeting of the Association. The AAIDD awards recognizing outstanding contributions or special achievement are:  

Early Career Award            
Angela John Thurman, PhD, University of California, Davis (Davis, CA)

Education Award        
LaRon A. Scott, EdD, Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA)

Hervey B. Wilbur Historic Preservation Award
Margaret “Peg” Gould, MEd, The Visions Center for Creative Management (New York, NY)

International award                
Richard Hastings, PhD, University of Warwick (Coventry, UK)

Leadership Award

Marian Frattarola-Saulino, MSW, Values Into Action PA & NJ (Media, PA)

Media Award
Chris Ulmer, Special Books by Special Kids, (Neptune Beach, FL)

Policy Award
Alison Barkoff, JD, Center for Public Representation (Washington, DC)

Research Award
Colleen Thoma, PhD, FAAIDD, Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA)    

Service to the Association
Evan E. Dean, PhD, FAAIDD, University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS)    
Service to the Field
John Agosta, PhD, Human Services Research Institute (Tualatin, OR)

Student Award
Kristin Dell’Armo, MA, The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)  


Founded in 1876, AAIDD is the oldest professional association concerned with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Learn more about the organization at

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