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AAIDD Publication Awarded 2013 Independent Publisher’s Bronze Medal for Regional Non-Fiction

Washington, DC (May 13, 2013)

The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) is extremely pleased to announce that Good Blood, Bad Blood: Science, Nature, and the Myth of the Kallikaks (2012) by Michael L. Wehmeyer and J. David Smith, has been awarded the 2013 “IPPY” Independent Publisher’s Bronze Medal, Regional Non-Fiction.

The “IPPY” recognizes excellence in books produced in English intended for the North American market by independent publishers. “David and I are deeply honored by this recognition for the book, and very pleased with its excellent production by AAIDD,” said Dr. Wehmeyer. "The award is truly a reflection of our shared work; I am so delighted with this honor,"  remarked Dr. Smith.

Published in June 2012, Good Blood, Bad Blood: Science, Nature, and the Myth of the Kallikaks, joined the ranks of AAIDD’s most well-regarded publications. To browse AAIDD’s online bookstore, please visit

Dr. Wehmeyer is a Professor in the Department of Special Education and Director of the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at the University of Kansas, and a past-president of the AAIDD Board of Directors. He has edited and co-edited more than a dozen books, guest edited or co-edited five different peer-reviewed journals, and served on the editorial boards for 21 peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. J. David Smith is Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The author of nearly 100 articles and 14 books, he is a regular contributor to the literature on special education, human services, and public policy in scholarly and professional journals. Dr. Smith has made numerous presentations to national and international audiences, which notably includes one on the ethical implications of the Human Genome Project delivered at its conference in Spain.

Related Resource: Who Was Deborah Kallikak? by J. David Smith and Michael L. Wehmeyer in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: April 2012, Vol. 50, No. 2, pp. 169-178.


Founded in 1876, AAIDD is the oldest professional association concerned with intellectual and developmental disabilities. AAIDD advocates for the equality, dignity, and human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and for their full inclusion and participation in society. Learn more about the organization at