Dalun Zhang, PhD, FAAIDD, Texas A&M University
Employment has positive impact on all aspects of quality of life for people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). It is probably the most important post-school transition outcome for many people with IDD, and its achievement requires careful planning and preparation. Collaboration among the student, family, school, and vocational rehabilitation and other agencies is essential for achieving a successful transition from school to competitive integrated employment.
Caya Chiu, PhD, FAAIDD, National Taiwan Normal University
Leonard Abbeduto, PhD, FAAIDD, UC Davis
Judith M.S. Gross, PhD, FAAIDD
Director of the Center on Community Living and Careers, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University
Member since 2006
Why did you join AAIDD?
To become more connected to professionals, current policy and practice in the field as I pursued my doctorate in special education.
Why did you choose the field of intellectual disability?
In all honesty, I didn’t choose it. It kind of chose me. When pursuing my teaching degree, I thought I would be working with students with learning disabilities. However, when I started teaching in a cross-categorical classroom, I had students with a wide range of disabilities and support needs for whom I was responsible. As I pursued more education for how to better instruct my students with IDD and autism, I became the local “expert,” and that professional interest carried through as I pursued my doctorate.
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