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Leadership in IDD
June 2021


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Leadership in IDD

         June 2021

AAIDD 145th Annual Meeting 

AAIDD held its 145th Annual Meeting June 21-24, 2021. Five hundred people attended the Association's first fully virtual conference. 

Registrants will have access to all conference content until July 24, 2021 on the conference platform here

The 2021 AAIDD Awards Ceremony celebrating the accomplishments of colleagues in the field is open and available to anyone on the Association's YouTube page here

Save the Date: Next year’s conference scheduled for June 13-16, 2022 in Jacksonville, FL.

Member Spotlight

Elaine C. Brown, PhD, FAAIDD 
Chief Psychologist, State of Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division/Developmental Services

Member since 2001

Why did you join AAIDD?
I first joined AAIDD as a student member while completing my Doctorate Program through The Ohio State University, Nisonger Center.  AAIDD allowed me to connect with diverse professionals and students with whom I would share long standing connections and friendships.

Why did you choose the field of intellectual disability? 
While studying psychology, I became interested in development, learning, and diversity.  This interest was also accompanied by my personal experiences having four siblings who have Down Syndrome.  I am so grateful to have had such amazing familial, educational, and vocational opportunities that have allowed me to pursue a career in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.  AAIDD has served as my professional home and it has been such a privilege to work with colleagues, families, and friends who share a commitment to promoting dignity and quality of life.   


Recent awards, accolades, appointments, and other honors

Shelly Christensen, MA, FAAIDD of Minneapolis, Minn. has been named the 2021 recipient of the Religion and Spirituality Leadership Award. Christensen is a pioneer and leader in the faith community disability and mental health inclusion field. Her career spans over twenty years and was anchored by her experiences as the parent of a child with autism.

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, EP Magazine is honoring 50 Advocate Heroes. Honorees will be profiled across several issues, Steve Eidelman, MBA, MSW, FAAIDD was among those honored in the June 2021 issue.

Amie Lulinski, PhD, FAAIDD, has assumed the role of Executive Director at The Arc of Illinois.

Anne Masters, PhD, FAAIDD, earned a doctorate at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, School of Religion and Theology.


Opportunities to participate in research, projects, policy development, and other collaborations

UMN Institute on Community Integration and NADSP Survey

The UMN Institute on Community Integration and NADSP are conducting a 12-month DSP follow-up survey to their DSP Workforce COVID-19 Study. 

The DSP survey closes July 1.

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