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Professional Interest Groups

To advance their professional interests, AAIDD members are encouraged to join one or more professional groups.  The professional interest groups have additional benefits of membership, such as a newsletter, listserv, online community, or additional journal, and most have a small annual membership fee. 

The Conference of Professional Interests coordinates the activities of the professional groups (divisions, special interest groups, and action groups) of the Association.  The Conference meets at least annually, typically at the annual meeting of the Association.

AAIDD’s Current Divisions, Special Interest Groups (SIGs), and Action Groups are

  • Administration Division
  • Communication Disorders Division
  • Community Services Division
  • Creative Arts Therapies SIG
  • Direct Support Professionals Division
  • Education Division
  • Families SIG
  • Genetics SIG
  • Gerontology Division
  • Health and Wellness Action Network
  • Humanism Action Network
  • International SIG
  • Legal Process and Advocacy Division
  • Mental Health Services Special Interest Group
  • Multicultural Concerns SIG
  • Psychology Division
  • Religion & Spirituality Division
  • Research Division
  • Sexual and Social Concerns SIG
  • Social Work Division
  • Student and Early Career Professionals SIG
  • Technology SIG