CEC in Seattle (04/2003)
CEC's International Convention in Seattle was a great success, both for CEC and for DDD. The division was fortunate enough to offer many sessions in the areas of cognitive disabilities/mental retardation, autism spectrum disorder, and related developmental disabilities. Twenty-two sessions addressed the areas of MR/DD, while twenty-six addressed issues of interest to the field regarding Autism Spectrum Disorders. Our Keynote Session focused on the changes in the field of mental retardation and developmental disabilities, specifically related to the division name change from MRDD to DDD and why such action was both necessary and appropriate at this time in the history of our field. All DDD sessions were extremely well attended, with many having standing-room only crowds, while others, sadly, had to turn away interested attendees.
As ever, your DDD board was busy in meetings for much of the convention, with a great deal of work accomplished, including the approval of a new position paper on ASD (look for the paper elsewhere in this issue of DDD Express) and the exploration of several additional topics for both position papers and for books for the PRISM series, to name just a few of the activities. Conference preparations for April 2004 in New Orleans are already underway, as are those for DDD's next ‘stateside' conference to be held in October 2004. At the Business Meeting, numerous awards were given to members and Cindy Perras, DDD's current president who will be moving to the position of past-president on July 1, 2003, graciously accepted her past-president's pin. The reception honoring Cindy that evening was, as ever for DDD receptions, filled to overflowing with DDD members and others interested in the organization. A great time was had by all. Looking forward to seeing all of you in New Orleans! Check back for more information regarding New Orleans conference sessions as well as the Showcase and invited sessions.