AAIDD is the definitive membership organization and the authoritative source of information for those in the intellectual disability profession.
Our membership is over 5,000 professionals strong, in over 55 countries around the world. Joining AAIDD lets you tap into a network of top professionals who can help you find a job, show you the ropes, and deepen your involvement in your profession.
As an AAIDD member, you can take advantage of a host of professional benefits designed specifically for practitioners in the field:
Members receive weekly emails on upcoming webinars, conferences, career advancement opportunities, and job postings. Our monthly e-newsletter, AAIDD F.Y.I., keeps professionals and families current on news and information in the developmental disability field.
AAIDD has played a crucial role in helping to set Federal policy and priorities, working closely with many agencies in the US Department of Education and the US Department of Health and Human Services.
The members of AAIDD continue to be an impressive group. Latest surveys indicate that over 71% have advanced degrees and 81% have over 10 years in the field. Our Student and Early Career Professionals group offers career and networking benefits to new professionals and support personnel to help you get started.
The field of intellectual disability is extremely diverse, and few AAIDD members have precisely the same interests, specialties and concerns. With this in mind, AAIDD offers Special Interest Groups and unique Divisions—enabling individuals to tailor their memberships to their own needs and goals.
Nothing is as valuable to the disability professional as ready access to proven solutions, promising approaches and fresh perspectives. AAIDD's online bookstore focuses on five major areas: Assessment, Management, Reference, Research to Practice, and Training. These essential resources are available to members at a 15% discount.
Each year, AAIDD’s Annual Meeting brings together colleagues from around the world. They come to meet, to interact, and to learn about the latest programs, research, policies, technologies and emerging trends in the field of disability.
Within the field, the meeting is unrivaled in scope and size, with over 500 presenters and 60 exhibitors. AAIDD members attend the Annual Meeting at exclusive member discounts.
AAIDD publishes two well-respected and peer-reviewed journals. Online articles date back to 1997 and are free to members to read and download.
American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities— reports current and critical research in the biological behavioral and educational sciences.
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities — covers practical solutions, perspectives and research.
AAIDD has frequently played a key role in crucial court cases on issues such as: medical decisions affecting newborns; school exclusion; the ADA; the exclusionary zoning of group homes; and the rights of defendants charged in criminal cases.