Thursday, December 30, 2010

Thank you readers

Sometime during the past few days the ICDP blog page view hit counter hit and moved beyond 50,000. Thank you to all who visit this blog and a special thank you to the small set of colleagues who provide me support via ideas, copies of articles, etc. You know who you are.

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Visual (Gv) summary of CHC intelligence structure of WJ III cognitive battery

I was skimming the article below and found a nice figure that summarizes the CHC abilities measured by the WJ III Tests of Cognitive Abilities. I love good visual (Gv) summaries. If things work correctly, if you click on the images they should enlarge.

Conflict of interest notice - I am a coauthor of the WJ III.

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

iPost: Top-Ten Recent SSRN Downloads

are here. The usual disclaimers apply. Rank Downloads Paper Title 1 362 The Facade of FCPA Enforcement Mike Koehler, Butler University College of Business, Date posted to database: November 9, 2010 2 315 Good Faith, New Law, and the Scope...

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Test iPad drawing: A note made with Penultimate

Testing new drawing App on my iPad. Simple CFA SEM model

Flynn effect Google Ngram@ByrneLaw, 12/25/10 4:14 PM

Matthew L. Byrne (@ByrneLaw)
12/25/10 4:14 PM
@iqmobile - Re: ngrams - Very interesting! Here's one for the Flynn effect:

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Friday, December 24, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Report on the ASVAB/AFQT tests

I previously posted a special report on the ASVAB (and derived AFQT) scores. The report explained the difference between aptitude and IQ tests and explained why ASVAB scores should not be used to estimate general intelligence, especially in Atkins MR/ID death penalty cases.

Kevin Foley send me a recent special report on the ASVAB. It is not focused on the issues I addressed, but is an interesting read re: the academic readiness of young adults in the US. I have posted a copy that includes my "IQs Reading" feature (click here to learn more)---bottom line, I have embedded my comments in the PDF file rather than post them in the body of this blog post.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Death Penalty in 2010


Crime and Consequences Blog
It's time for year-end wrap-ups.  CJLF has this press release on some key facts, countering some of the misinformation we have heard during the year and expect to be repeated in the opposition's year-end wrap-ups.
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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Top-Ten Recent SSRN Downloads

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IQ tests and theory trends: Google Ngram visualizations

This past week I read a very intriguing article in the New York Times about a new data visualization tool offered by Google-- the Google Books Ngram Viewer. I then ran across a legal blog post where someone had investigated trends in different law terms...and I couldn't help myself but to give it a try.

As described by Robert Ambrogi at the legal blog:

"Using data drawn from the millions of books it has digitized covering the years 1500 to 2008, it lets you see and compare the frequency of words and phrases as they were used in books over a span of years or centuries. As Google puts it: “The Ngram Viewer lets you graph and compare phrases from these datasets over time, showing how their usage has waxed and waned over the years.”

I first had to experiment with how the entered terms worked. The terms are case sensitive. I checked each phrase with a variety of permutations to maximum the "hit rate"...and then ran some phrases together to ascertain and compare trends.

Below are my results with a few comments--the data tend to speak for themselves. I found that most of what I searched for did not emerge until after that is where each graph starts. It is also important to note that the graphs only go up thru would be nice to see the graphs up today

Cool stuff. Double click on each graph to enlarge.

This chart suggests that the cognitive ability domains of Gv (Visual Processing), Ga (Auditory Processing), and Processing Speed (Gs) have become hotter topics than Gf (Fluid Intelligence), Gc (Crystallized Intelligence), Gsm (Short term Memory), and Glr (Long term Retrieval). Interesting.

One very clear observation. Among the non-Wechsler intelligence batteries, the Stanford Binet has dropped dramatically over time, while the "newbies" on the IQ testing block (WJ, DAS, KABC, CAS) have made been the focus of more writing since 1990. Note, "Wechsler Intelligence", when included, is the clear winner across time. I left it out so the trends for the "other" batteries would be more distinct.

As I have written about many times, contemporary Cattell-Horn-Carroll (CHC) intelligence theory has become the consensus theory of intelligence. This interesting graph supports this conclusion, especially from 1997 to 2008. Also, if one clicks on the search term in the summary table, one is taken to a page of the Google books that included the term. Click here to see example for CHC theory.

I think many of the trends noted above are due to emergence of Gf-Gc theory to CHC theory with the publication of the 1989 WJ-R. I've written about this critical theory-to-practice birth period here and here.

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Law Review Article: Mental retardation / intellectual ability and statutory rape (Nevins-Saunders, 2010)

Thanks to Kevin Foley for bringing this article to my attention. It is being added to the Law Review Article blogroll.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Institute for Applied Psychometrics (IAP) main office

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Have made some recent changes in the home office of IAP. Here is an updated picture. One can never have enough screens active--there are five in total..can you find the fifth? Also, one can not work without a good big cup of strong coffee in a mug from the Directors favorite coffee house (second office)---Caribou coffee.

This is the g-factor of IAP and IQ's Corner, the ICDP, and the Tic Toc Brain Talk blogs.

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iPost: Wexler & King on Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Jurisprudence


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David B. Wexler (pictured) and Michael S. King (University of Puerto Rico - School of Law and Monash University - Faculty of Law) have posted Promoting Societal and Juridical Receptivity to Rehabilitation: The Role of Therapeutic Jurisprudence on SSRN. Here...
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

iPost: Death Sentencing Rates

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iPost: J Am Acad Psychiatry Law Table of Contents for 1 December 2010; Vol. 38, No. 4

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JAAPL Online Table of Contents Alert

A new issue of Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Online is available online:
1 December 2010; Vol. 38, No. 4

The below Table of Contents is available online at:

The Polygraph and Forensic Psychiatry
Don Grubin
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 2010;38 446-451

Managing Risk and Recovery: Redefining Miscibility of Oil and Water
Marc Hillbrand, John L. Young, and Ezra E. H. Griffith
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 2010;38 452-456

Status of the Psychiatric Duty to Protect, Circa 2006
Matthew F. Soulier, Andrea Maislen, and James C. Beck
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 2010;38 457-473

Commentary: So the Pendulum Swings—Making Sense of the Duty to Protect
Patrick K. Fox
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 2010;38 474-478

The Role of Mental Health Professionals in Political Asylum Processing
Susan M. Meffert, Karen Musalo, Dale E. McNiel, and Renée L. Binder
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 2010;38 479-489

Central American Victims of Gang Violence as Asylum Seekers: The Role of the Forensic Expert
Gilberto De Jesús-Rentas, James Boehnlein, and Landy Sparr
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 2010;38 490-498

Commentary: The Role of Forensic Psychiatry in the Asylum Process
Howard Zonana
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 2010;38 499-501

Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Trial of Sildenafil in Phallometric Testing
Nathan J. Kolla, Philip E. Klassen, Michael E. Kuban, Thomas Blak, and Ray Blanchard
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 2010;38 502-511

Commentary: Sildenafil in Phallometric Testing—An Evidence-Based Assessment of Sexual Offenders
John M. W. Bradford, Drew Kingston, A. G. Ahmed, and J. Paul Fedoroff
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 2010;38 512-515

The Reliability of Evidence About Psychiatric Diagnosis After Serious Crime: Part I. Agreement Between Experts
Olav Nielssen, Gordon Elliott, and Matthew Large
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 2010;38 516-523

The Reliability of Evidence About Psychiatric Diagnosis After Serious Crime: Part II. Agreement Between Experts and Treating Practitioners
Matthew Large, Olav Nielssen, and Gordon Elliott
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 2010;38 524-530

Commentary: The Problem of Agreement on Diagnoses in Criminal Cases
Raymond F. Patterson
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 2010;38 531-535

A Pilot Survey of Trial Court Judges' Opinions on Pro Se Competence After Indiana v. Edwards
James L. Knoll, IV, Cecilia Leonard, Andrew R. Kaufman, and Bruce B. Way
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 2010;38 536-539

Custodial Evaluations of Native American Families: Implications for Forensic Psychiatrists
Cheryl D. Wills and Donna M. Norris
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 2010;38 540-546

The Evolution of Forensic Psychiatry at Yale: A Festschrift Honoring Howard Zonana and the Discipline of Forensic Psychiatry
Madelon V. Baranoski
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 2010;38 547-550

Coping With the Ethical Conundra of Forensic Psychiatry: A Tribute to Howard Zonana, MD
Paul S. Appelbaum
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 2010;38 551-558

Howard Zonana and the Subspecialty Maturation of Forensic Psychiatry
Kenneth L. Appelbaum
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 2010;38 559-569

Howard Zonana and the Transformation of Forensic Psychiatry
Richard J. Bonnie
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 2010;38 570-576

Commentary: The Dynamic Evolution of Forensic Psychiatry at Yale and the Zonanian Sphere of Influence
Michael A. Norko
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 2010;38 577-580

Learning to Collaborate: The Teaching Legacy of Howard Zonana in Forensic Psychiatry
Stephen Wizner
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 2010;38 581-589

Commentary: On Doctors and Lawyers
Reena Kapoor
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 2010;38 590-591

Commentary: Medicine, Law, and Howard Zonana
Patrick K. Fox
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 2010;38 592-593

Foucault, Forensic Psychiatry, and the First Involuntary Commitment
Neil Krishan Aggarwal
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 2010;38 594-596

Jury Instruction on Insanity Defense
Przemyslaw Kapalczynski and Stephen Noffsinger
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 2010;38 597-598

Ineffective Counsel and Mental Health Expert Witness Testimony in an Insanity Defense
Praveen Kambam and Phillip Resnick
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 2010;38 599-601

Reliability of Sleep Parasomnia and the Trustworthiness of Patient Self-Reporting
Craig A. Beach and Sherif Soliman
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 2010;38 601-603

Waiver of Miranda Rights
Philip Saragoza and Susan Hatters Friedman
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 2010;38 603-605

Neuroimaging Studies in Diminished-Capacity Defense
Shamael Haque and Melvin Guyer
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 2010;38 605-607

Repressed Memories in a Controversial Conviction
Anthony J. Wolf and Melvin J. Guyer
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 2010;38 607-609

Hospitals' Obligations Under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA)
Lizette Solis and Melvin Guyer
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 2010;38 610-612

Scope of Juvenile Courts' Contempt Authority
Richard W. Miller and Melvin Guyer
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 2010;38 612-615

Constitutionality of the Federal Sex-Offender Law
Kari-Beth Law and Richard L. Frierson
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 2010;38 615-617

Traumatic Brain Injury: Methods for Clinical and Forensic Neuropsychiatric Assessment, 2nd Edition
Stephen I. Kramer
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 2010;38 618-619

Mental Disability Law, Evidence, and Testimony: A Comprehensive Reference Manual for Lawyers, Judges, and Mental Disability Professionals
Jennifer Piel
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 2010;38 619-620

Insanity: Murder, Madness, and the Law
Howard Sokolov
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 2010;38 620-622

Law for the Expert Witness
Edward Poa
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 2010;38 622-623

Webster Atkins MR/ID death penalty case may not be done

Prior FYI iPost indicated that SCOTUS rejected the Atkins MR/ID appeal of Webster. Thanks to Kevin Foley for drawing my attention to a subsequent newspaper article that indicates that Webster's attorneys apparently are pursuing some additional avenues.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

iPost: NEW RESOURCES: ACLU Report Finds Severe Deficiencies in Capital Representation and Appeals

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Guest FYI post: 10 infamous cases of wrongful execution.

I received the following request and am posting it "as is" as a professional courtesy. As with all other such requests, this posting does not in any way indicate my personal endorsement of the services or opinions provided by this website. It is a neutral FYI post.

"I work with, where we just published entitled "10 Infamous Cases of Wrongful Execution" Considering this overlap in subject matter with your blog, I thought perhaps you would be interested in sharing the article with your readers? If so, you can find the article here.

Susan Kilory

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Institute for Applied Psychometrics (IAP) new logo

The votes have been counted (at the IAP logo survey at IQ's Corner blog).  Thank you to all who took the time to vote and send comments.  There was a clear winner.  It is reproduced below....with a slight change in the placement of the bell curve.  And yes...there is a deliberate slight skew to the normal is more visually eye-catching than a perfect normal curve.  Over the next month I will be working to integrate the new logo in all critical IAP-related blogs and web pages.

Many thanks to my great son-in-law, Anthony, who did all the design work.  He does great work.  It is personal XMAS present to me...and it will be treasured for a long time.

IQs Corner Book Nook: Essentials of SLD identification & Human Intelligence

Just in time for the holidays. Two books to purchase for your family and friends---i.e., if they are interested in research on human intelligence and contemporary research and issues surrounding the identification of individuals with specific learning disabilities.

Within the past month I've received two free copies of the following books. I've only had time to thumb through them, so I cannot comment in detail about their strengths, limitations, etc. They are both placed on my ever increasing stack of "books to read when I have time." [Hint to publishers--the sooner you get these in e-pub format, especially for my iPad, the sooner I will likely fine time to read them :) ]

First is Human Intelligence by Earl "Buzz" Hunt. Dr. Hunt has a long resume in the field of human intelligence research. This appears to be a capstone summary of his take on human intelligence from his decades of scholarly study. No doubt I will eventually find it as a useful secondary reference resource book for quickly finding summaries and explanations of many issues in the field of intelligence.

Next is the edited Essentials of Specific Learning Disability Identification. Dr. Dawn Flanagan and Dr. Vincent Alfonso (leaders and advocates of the "Cross-Battery approach to cognitive assessment) edited this collection of diverse perspectives on how to identify SLD. I am impressed with the stable of authors who contributed chapters. They represent most of the big names within their respective cognitive and SLD research and theory sandboxes. I did skim the preface by Dr. Cecil Reynolds and know that I will also suffer some of the same cognitive dissonance he describes as the various authors present different methods for conceptualizing and operationalizing LD. This is not a criticism by Dr. Reynolds--just the astute conclusion that this book reflects that "state-of-the-art" of the research and thinking by many of the major players in the field of SLD...and as a result, there are differences in approaches. That being said, clearly this book appears to be an excellent source for those looking to capture the essence of where the field of SLD is---with all the various players and flavors.

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New intelligence test - social intelligence? Gullibility?

NYTimes: A Fate That Narcissists Will Hate: Being Ignored

More controversy in DSM5 deliberations.

From The New York Times:

MIND: A Fate That Narcissists Will Hate: Being Ignored

The personality disorder will be discarded, along with four others, in the new version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Dr. Greg Olley's APA Div 33 Presidential address on Atkins MR/ID death penalty issues

The Death Penalty, the Courts, and What We Have Learned about Intellectual Disability. APA Div 33 Presidential Address by Dr. Greg Olley.

Dr. Greg Olley's Presidential Address (Div 33) was devoted to issues surrounding Atkins MR/ID death penalty issues. It is worth a read. I have tremendous respect for Greg's experience, knowledge and insight. His article starts on page two of the division newsletter.

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Research briefs: Factor analysis of SB5 and a neuropsychological test battery

As per usual when I make a research byte/brief post, if anyone would like to read the original article, I can share via email---with the understanding that the article is provided in exchange for a brief guest post about it's contents. :) (contact me at if interested). Also, if figure/images are included in the post, they can usually be made larger by clicking on the image.

Doweling, N. M., Hermann, B., LaRue, A., & Sager, M. A. (2010). Latent Structure and Factorial Invariance of a Neuropsychological Test Battery for the Study of Preclinical Alzheimer's Disease. Neuropsychology, 24(6), 742-756.


Objective: To examine the latent structure of a test battery currently being used in a longitudinal study of asymptomatic middle-aged adults with a parental history of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and test the invariance of the factor solution across subgroups defined by selected demographic variables and known genetic risk factors for AD. Method: An exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and a sequence of confirmatory factor analyses (CFA) were conducted on 24 neuropsychological measures selected to provide a comprehensive estimate of cognitive abilities most likely to be affected in preclinical AD. Once the underlying latent model was defined and the structural validity established through model comparisons, a multigroup confirmatory factor analysis model was used to test for factorial invariance across groups. Results: The EFA solution revealed a factor structure consisting of five constructs: verbal ability, visuospatial ability, speed & executive function, working memory, and verbal learning & memory. The CFA models provided support for the hypothesized 5-factor structure. Results indicated factorial invariance of the model across all groups examined. Conclusions: Collectively, the results suggested a relatively strong psychometric basis for using the factor structure in clinical samples that match the characteristics of this cohort. This confirmed an invariant factor structure should prove useful in research aimed to detect the earliest cognitive signature of preclinical AD in similar middle aged cohorts.

Williams, T. H., McIntosh, D. E., Dixon, F., Newton, J. H., & Youman, E. (2010). A CONFIRMATORY FACTOR ANALYSIS OF THE STANFORD-BINET INTELLIGENCE SCALES, FIFTH EDITION, WITH A HIGH-ACHIEVING SAMPLE. Psychology in the Schools, 47(10), 1071-1083.


The Stanford–Binet Intelligence Scale, Fifth Edition (SB5), is a recently published, multidimensional measure of intelligence based on Cattell–Horn–Carroll (CHC) theory. The author of the test provides results from confirmatory factor analyses in the technical manual supporting the five-factor structure of the instrument. Other authors have examined this factor structure through EFA using the standardization sample, and have not found evidence of a five-factor model. The purpose of the current study was to examine the internal construct validity of the SB5 using an independent sample of high-functioning students. Participants included 201 high-functioning, third-grade students ranging in age from 8 years, 4 months to 10 years, 11 months. Five models of the SB5 were analyzed using Analysis of Moment Structures (AMOS). Our findings indicated that a hierarchical, four-factor, post-hoc model provided the best fit to the data. Generally, implications for school psychologists include a better understanding of the factor structure of the SB5, especially as it relates to high-achieving children. Directions for future research are also discussed

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iPost: Tanguay-Renaud on Criminal Law and Reason

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François Tanguay-Renaud (Osgoode Hall Law School - York University) has posted Understanding Criminal Law Through the Lens of Reason (Res Publica, Vol. 16, No. 1, p. 89, 2010) on SSRN. Here is the abstract: This is a review essay of...
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iPost: AAIDD Activity Update for December 9

Weekly Member Update
for December 9, 2010

*Please feel free to forward this message to colleagues and other interested parties

Call for Papers

AAIDD 135th Annual Meeting 2011: "Inclusive Communities: Pathways to Realizing the Vision"
June 6-9, 2011 in Twin Cities, MN
Call for Papers Submission Deadline: December 15, 2010

Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities
Call for Papers Due: December 22, 2010

JPPID Special Issue on Post-Secondary Education for People with Intellectual Disabilities
The Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities (JPPID) is the peer reviewed journal of IASSID.  Editors of this special issue are not seeking opinion pieces or editorials; articles should be based on sound analysis, stem from an empirical basis, or use case studies to elaborate on a policy or practice that presents a contribution to the literature.  Those interested should send an email with a working title, author list, and brief summary (300–500 words) of their proposed manuscript to co-editors Meg Grigal ( or Debra Hart ( Call for Papers Submission Deadline: February 1, 2011.

Requests for Proposals

2011 VSA Playwright Discovery Program Call for Scripts
VSA invites middle and high school students to take a closer look at the world around them, examine how disability affects their lives and the lives of others, and express their views through the art of playwriting. Playwrights may write from their own experience or about an experience in the life of another person or fictional character. Scripts can be comedies, dramas, or even musicals—be creative! Deadline: April 15, 2011

Rehabilitation Nursing Foundation Invites Research Grant Proposals

A total of $44,500 will be awarded for research projects related to rehabilitation nursing, with up to $10,000 awarded for a project led by a nurse who is a novice researcher....
Deadline: February 1, 2011

Teleconferences, Webinars & Webcasts

CMS Special Open Door Forum: Independence at Home Demonstration
Monday, December 13, 2010, 1:30 pm Eastern
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is holding a Special Open Door Forum in order to solicit stakeholder input for the design and development of the Independence at Home Demonstration.  This will be a "listening session" in which CMS hopes to gather information from stakeholders about issues that will affect demonstration design and implementation. Dial: 1-800-837-1935 Reference Conference ID 30308336

Disability Policy Seminar
Registration open, early bird deadline is January 11, 2011

The College of Direct Support First-Ever Monthly Webinar Series Begins in January
2nd Thursday of Every Month at 1:30 pm Eastern

Yale Seminar on Autism and Related Disorders
Free Videos Available Online

Fellowship and Leadership Opportunities

Alliance for Full Participation Seeks State Team Leaders for Employment Campaign

Grinnell College Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize

Prize honors 3 individuals under 40 have demonstrated leadership in their fields and who show creativity, commitment, and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change. No connection to Grinnell College is required.  
Each prize carries an award of $100,000.  Deadline: February 1, 2011

Employment Opportunities

Post-Doctoral Training in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research
Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Director, Community Consultation Program, University of Rochester
Rochester, NY

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ANCOR's 2011 Conference: Leading Cultures of Innovation and Advocacy
June 5-8, 2011 in Washington, DC

Disability Policy Seminar
February 14-16, 2011 in Washington, DC

44th Annual Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
March 2-4, 2011 in San Antonio, TX
Theme: "Adolescence and Developmental Disabilities:  From Neurobiology to Interventions."

Member and Disability News

Congratulations to Award Recipients at the 2010 AAIDD Texas Chapter Convention: David Rollins; Susan C. Garnett, LMSW, LPC; Charlotte Kimmel, PhD; Tina Garcia; Paula Ong; and Nedra H. Francis

Supporting Work: A Proposal for Modernizing the U.S. Disability Insurance System

A paper jointly released by The Center for American Progress and The Hamilton Project

Study Finds Brain Biomarkers That Distinguish Autism: Researchers report they that an MRI brain scan can be used to distinguish individuals with autism from those without in 94 % of cases.

Membership Renewal

Many memberships expire December 31, 2010. Renew Today! AAIDD has a new membership structure effective immediately for new members and at renewal for existing members.

You can renew online, by mail or by fax. We encourage our members to renew ONLINE, as it is easier to process. Follow the link below and get started today!  We now accept American Express along with MasterCard, Visa, Diners Club and Discover.

*Note: The fee for the Religion and Spirituality Division is now $30 instead of $10, and includes an online subscription to the Journal of Religion, Disability and Health.

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