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Leadership in IDD
October 2021


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Leadership in IDD        

October 2021

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Recent awards, accolades, appointments, and other honors

Members Edie Cusack, Miranda Galvin, Marie Gilberti, John Keesler, Patricia Kishbaugh, David Nolley, Garrett Petrie, Alisha Tatum, Tina Wiltsee, and Ric Zaharia were selected by random drawing to receive acknowledgment for completing their member demographic information.

Alixe Bonardi named as HSRI’s Director, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Erik Carter and Bill Gaventa co-authored a guest blog post, Putting Faith to Work: How Faith Communities Can Support Employment for People with Disabilities, in the ACL Blog (Oct 29, 2021).

David L. Coulter co-edited NAMASTE: Humanism in Child Neurology (The International Child Neurology Association, 2021).

Nicole Jorwic is joining Caring Across Generations as their Chief of Advocacy.

Liz Perkins co-authored the 7th Edition of the textbook Physical Change and Aging: A Guide for the Helping Professions. (Springer, October).


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

Survey Participants Needed for Study of Adult Perspectives of Friendship and Social Interactions of Children with Complex Support Needs
Researchers at the University of New Mexico, including Susan Copeland, are seeking individuals who are either a parent/guardian/primary caregiver of a child with complex support needs or who are an educator or related service provider for a child with complex support needs to participate in this research project.

Survey Participants Needed: CQL Study on Disability and Language 
The Council on Quality and Leadership is conducting research, led by Carli Friedman and Zach Gordon, with people working in the disability field about language related to disability and disability attitudes.

Federal Register: Request for Public Comments on the Development of the 2021-2022 IACC Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
On behalf of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Office of Autism Research Coordination (OARC) is seeking public comments to assist the IACC in identifying priorities for the 2021-2022 update of the IACC Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as required by the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support (CARES) Act of 2019.

2022 AAIDD Annual Meeting Call for Papers Now Open: Dismantling Systemic Barriers: Reenvisioning Equity and Inclusion
The 146th AAIDD Annual Meeting will provide a forum for researchers, practitioners, policymakers, students and early career professionals, and advocates to come together to reenvision our efforts to advance equity and inclusion in the intellectual and developmental disabilities field.
Submission Deadline: November 29, 2021

Member Spotlight


Dotty Bell, FAAIDD
Director of Quality Assurance/TN & GA Operations, RHA Health Services, LLC
Knoxville, Tennessee

Member since 1985

Why did you join AAIDD?

I was first introduced to AAIDD as a student at the University of Tennessee by one of my professors in the Department of Speech and Language Pathology. He shared the journals with me and introduced me to the mission of the organization.  I knew from that point that AAIDD was the professional organization that aligned with my philosophy of services for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. This organization has and continues to lay the groundwork in research and service development across our country, with a focus of cutting-edge initiatives to influence legislation, policy development and innovative service options.

Why did you choose the field of intellectual disability?
Growing up, I always knew I wanted to teach; to help people develop to their full potential.  When touring colleges, I learned about the great need for educators with a specialty focus. So I entered the speech and language pathology field to promote the development of effective communication skills in children.  I graduated at the time of year that school systems were not hiring so I accepted a position with a community provider, serving people with intellectual disabilities.  My heart was stolen and I never looked back…I have been blessed with having life-long friendships with so many people with IDD and hopefully have made a difference in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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