Values and Outcomes for the Field of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Richard Chapman, MA
Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities
I think it is our responsibility as a field to provide the best quality of outcomes for the people that we serve. One may ask, how do you measure outcomes? If I were writing this from a strictly medical perspective, I might say that the goal must be to reduce deficits and normalize functioning much as possible. I might argue that specialized residential settings are necessary to work on deficits. I might believe that I know what outcomes are best or right for people with IDD. Fortunately, I am a member of AAIDD, and I choose not to focus on deficits. I have instead chosen to focus on how best we can support people to live the lives they choose.
Providing Community Health Care During a Pandemic
Melissa DiSipio, MSA, FAAIDD
Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care (PCHC), SE Region Health Care Quality Unit (HCQU)
The change came fast and furious…working from home, previously only an option for a select few became mandatory for the masses. As I helped my staff at PCHC transition, we initially struggled with how we were going to continue to provide quality community health care for people with IDD.
We were forced to “make lemonade out of lemons” and quickly changed the way we provide services. We saw some immediate positive results, for example we discovered that assessments and comprehensive reviews were easier to schedule remotely via zoom. We also saw the reach of our on-line and webinar-style trainings skyrocket. Some of the positive outcomes that have come out of this tumultuous time are the development of greater and easier access to both physical and behavioral telehealth care for people with IDD.
AAIDD Religion & Spirituality Interest Network 2020-2021 Series, Black Lives with IDD and Their Faith Communities, video archive now available
The 12th edition of AAIDD’s Intellectual Disability: Definition, Diagnosis, Classification, and Systems of Supports was published in January 2021.
The APA’s two-volume set, APA Handbook of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities was published in December 2020.
Val Bradly co-authored the book Self-Direction: A Revolution in Human Services (SUNY Press, available soon).
Trevor Parmenter co-authored the chapter, Disposable Lives: Is Ending the Lives of Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities for Reasons of Poor Quality of Life an Emergence of a New Eugenics Movement? in Mental Health, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the Ageing Process, 2nd Ed. (2021, Springer).
Edward Polloway co-authored the book, Introduction to Intellectual Disability, Autism, and Developmental Disabilities (ProEd, available soon).
Mayumi Hagiwara, PhD
Assistant Professor of Department of Special Education at San Francisco State University
AAIDD Member Since 2016
AAIDD Leadership Positions:
International Interest Network, Co-Chair (2018-present)
Student and Early Career Professionals Interest Network, Secretary (2018-2019); Co-Chair (2019-present)
Why did you join AAIDD?
Because all my professors at University of Kansas were seasoned members of the AAIDD! Also, ever since the first conference I attended in Atlanta, AAIDD became my professional home. AAIDD conferences offer the best reunions with the experts, where I can learn the most up-to-date research and practices in this field.
Dan Zhang and Joyce Louden were elected to the 2021-2022 AAIDD Board of Directors.
Evan Dean, Laura Gomez, Julie Grieves, Dorothy Hiersteiner, Bruce Keisling, Elizabeth Watts, Don Miller, Anthony Rodriguez, Hilda Trahan, Kendra Williams-Diehm and Heather Williamson were named Fellows of the AAIDD.
Sheli Reynolds was named the Chair of the AAIDD Families Interest Network.
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