Thursday, December 9, 2010

iPost: AAIDD Activity Update for December 9

Weekly Member Update
for December 9, 2010

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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.

For any questions and comments, contact Jason Epstein at

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