Name: James A. Lemanowicz, BBA, FAAIDD
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Member since: 1985
Employment: Assistant Director of Research, Institute on Disabilities,
PA UCEDD, Temple University
Why did you join AAIDD?
I met so many people I admire who were AAIDD members that I wanted to be a part of it.
Why did you choose the field of intellectual disability?
I have an older brother who has an intellectual disability, so I was very familiar with and comfortable being around people with disabilities. Choosing the field of intellectual disabilities was still somewhat fortuitous. While an undergraduate, I was working part time at the university when another part time position became available for a little more money. I took the job, which turned out to be at the newly created Pennsylvania UCEDD. The people I worked with were so wonderful that I never left. One of the guiding principles of the PA UCEDD has always been that “Everyone deserves the opportunity and support to lead a self-determined life in inclusive communities.” Much of the work I have done over the years has been to make that a reality for people with disabilities.
AAIDD leadership positions:
Fellow, AAIDD and Chair, AAIDD Research Interest Network