Want To Be a Fellow? Here’s what it takes!
Fellows shall be individuals who have had at least seven years of continuous, active membership in the Association at the time of their nomination; participated in the professional and business affairs of the Association, and shall have made a meritorious contribution to the field of intellectual disability in one or more of the following areas:
· Contributions to program development or administration and the improvement of services for people with intellectual disability
· Contributions that benefit people with intellectual disability through skillful and diligent advocacy
· Contributions to the field of intellectual disability through academic achievements, research, publications, and presentation of professional papers
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AAIDD – LA’s 2016 Key note speaker, Michael Wehmeyer, Ph.D., FAAIDDProfessor Wehmeyer's research has focused on the application of the self-determination construct to the disability context. Self-determination is a construct that has its origins in 17th and 18th Century philosophical doctrines pertaining to free will and determinism. Dr. Wehmeyer has co-authored or co-edited 32 books in the fields of special education and psychology, and has written more than 325 book chapters and journal articles. He is a co-author of the Supports Intensity Scales for Adults and Children of the AAIDD, and of the 11th Edition of the AAIDD Intellectual Disability Terminology, Classification, and Systems of Supports Manual. He also trains teachers who work with students with multiple, severe disabilities.
People with developmental disabilities are frequently denied the right to vote. The 15th and 19th Amendments to the Constitution prohibit the government from denying the right to vote to any U.S. citizen on account of “race, color, or previous condition of servitude” or sex. Other than those prohibitions, however, the Constitution gives States the power to set qualifications for voting, as long as these qualifications are “not discriminatory”, and do not violate the Constitution or any restrictions that Congress imposes in federal voting laws. (Constitution, Art. I, s.4) The Federal Voting Rights Act specifically gives states permission to enact laws to deny the right to vote to people for two reasons: “by reason of criminal conviction or mental incapacity.” [42 U.S.C. § 1973gg-6(a)(3)(B)]
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