AAIDD Annual Meeting

Monday, May 21, 2007- Thursday, May 24, 2007
Location: Atlanta, GA

Supports for Quality Living

AAIDD has gathered top minds together in Atlanta-state executives, teachers, self-advocates, physicians, attorneys, researchers, psychologists, and counselors-to discuss best practices and research in providing individualized supports to people living with an intellectual disability.

Take away valuable information on how you can improve the supports you provide to people with intellectual disabilities within your organization, state, school, or community! Plus, learn more about valuable tools such as the new Supports Intensity Scale, and discover how in an unprecedented historic move, SIS is helping states move towards individualized planning and budgeting.

"Supports for a Quality Living" features 60 special theme sessions, 10 half-day workshops, and 4 plenary sessions focused on such timely issues as:

  • Ownership and control of housing by people with intellectual disabilities
  • Developing resource allocation methodologies for states using the Supports Intensity Scale
  • Preparing the next generation of leaders in developmental disability
  • Training direct support staff using the best-selling Positive Behavior Support Training Curriculum
  • Using skills in person-centered planning for end-of-life decision making
  • Teaching health care professionals about the needs of individuals with intellectual disabilities
  • Benefits of training on the Supports Intensity Scale to obtain reliable supports planning results

Also, five special sessions on the Supports Intensity Scale tell you on how SIS is being implemented in U.S. states and other nations, and how training on SIS helps. Plus, AAIDD presents a pre-conference symposium on the state-of-the science in aging with developmental disabilities and two NADD/AAIDD joint symposia on the Diagnostic Manual-Intellectual Disability textbook. Our two-day exhibit hall features the latest programs and services for people with developmental disabilities.

Plenary sessions this year include multiple presenters on single topic, combining perspectives to provide current and stimulating information. The opening plenary has Val Bradley, immediate past president of AAIDD and CEO of Human Services Research Institute and Liz Weintraub, service recipient, self-advocate, and quality consultant for the Council on Quality & Leadership, discussing the topic of quality of services and supports with perspectives from the systems and individual levels. In the second plenary Derrick Dufresne, senior partner of Community Resource Alliance; Bob Laux, president of Wild River Consulting Group; and Mark Straka of Community Access Unlimited will provide innovative information and examples on home ownership and control of housing by people with disabilities. On the second conference day Dr. Julie Gerberding, MD, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a CDC colleague will present a plenary on health protections and emergency preparedness for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The final plenary on day two will feature Dr. Marc Tassé, Assistant Director of the Florida Center on Inclusive Communities (UCEDD) and Dr. James LeVelle, State Director of Psychological Services for the Louisiana Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities presenting evidence-based and practical information on the respective role and importance of people's adaptive skills and individual support needs.

Come join us in our first conference as the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities! You'll be sure to take home cutting-edge information on supports that reflects both current research and its practical application to benefit people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Visit the Conference Website for more details.