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AAIDD honors selected individuals or groups who have made outstanding contributions to the field.  A call for award nominations is issued each year and awards are presented at the annual meeting of the Association.  Areas in which awards for outstanding contributions or special achievement may be given are:

  • Education - Awarded for significant contributions to dissemination of knowledge in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.

  • Full Community Inclusion - Awarded to culturally responsive programs that have succeeded in full community inclusion and participation.

  • Hervey B. Wilbur Award for Historic Preservation - Awarded for contributions to historic preservation of the field of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and/or the Association.

  • Dybwad Humanitarian Award Awarded for promotion of human welfare and social reform.

  • Early Career Award - Awarded for a recognized contribution to or achievement in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities by an individual in the early stages of their career.

  • International - Awarded for outstanding contributions in research, education, service, or advocacy that has had an impact on people with intellectual and developmental disabilities within a particular country or across national lines.

  • Leadership - Awarded for courage and dedication resulting in an outstanding contribution to the field of and developmental disabilities.

  • Media Awarded for significant contributions in depicting Americans with disabilities in a positive light. 

  • ResearchAwarded for formulations and investigations that have contributed significantly to the body of scientific knowledge in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.

  • Service Awarded for contributions to improved service to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

  • Special - Awarded for an unusual or significant contribution or achievement not covered by other award categories.

  • Student Recognizes student contributions in service, leadership, or scholarship to the field intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Nominations for the year 2018 will open in September.