The Spectrum of Developmental Disabilities XXXVI: Intellectual Disability: At the Precipice

The Spectrum of Developmental Disabilities XXXVI: Intellectual Disability: At the Precipice

Monday, March 17, 2014- Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Location: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

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Intellectual disability is a chronic, life-long disorder that has major public health implications. Since the 1970s people with intellectual disability have entered the mainstream of society and served in community programs. Intellectual disability and developmental delay is the second most common reason for provision of special education services in the US. The breadth of the issues relating to intellectual disability are well suited for the interdisciplinary focus of the Spectrum of Developmental Disabilities and its targeted audience.


After attending this activity, the participant will demonstrate the ability to:

  • List three current challenges confronting people with intellectual disability.
  • Choose appropriate genetic testing to evaluate the child who presents with intellectual disability.
  • Discuss the rationale for targeted pharmacotherapy of intellectual disability.
  • Define and discuss the need for adaptive behavior in the diagnosis of intellectual disability.
  • Analyze the benefits and challenges associated with inclusive education for intellectual disability.
  • Name three epileptic syndromes associated with intellectual disability and list their clinical features and identify the preferred agents for their treatment.
  • Evaluate current intervention strategies in light of lessons learned from older people with intellectual disability.

Featured Speakers

Among the guest speakers for this interdisciplinary conference will be:

  • Timothy Shriver, PhD
  • Gloria Krahn, PhD, MPH
  • Leonard Abbeduto, PhD
  • Pasquale Accardo, MD
  • Maureen Durkin, PhD, DrPh
  • Stephen Greenspan, PhD
  • Ruth Luckasson, JD
  • Scott Myers, MD
  • Daniel Reschly, PhD
  • Brian Rogers, MD
  • Nancy Roizen, MD
  • Karrie Shogren, PhD
  • Gary Siperstein, PhD
  • Roger Stevenson, MD
  • Michael Wehmeyer, PhD
  • Karen Wills, PhD, LP, ABP