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April 2015

The DADD Board of Directors supports the American Academy of Pediatrics Recommended Immunization Schedule for Persons Aged 0 through 18 years of age. Over two dozen epidemiological studies failed to identify a causal relationship between vaccinations and autism. The initial research that suggested such a relationship has been discredited. We recommend all families discuss vaccinations with their family health care provider on how best to maintain the health and safety of their child and those who cannot be immunized due to medical reasons. 

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DADD is seeking nominations - self or other - for three board positions to start January 1, 2014: Vice President (4 year term), Southeast, and Far West. Please note, Southeast and Far West representatives must live in those respective regions. Nominations may be sent to incoming DADD Executive Director Teresa Taber Doughty (
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March 2013
Wednesday, April 3
Board of Directors 8-5

Thursday, April 4
Critical Issues Committee  8-9am
Past Presidents: 12-1pm
Awards Committee: 1-1:30pm
Subdivision Presidents: 1:30-2:30pm
Finance Committee: 2:30-3:30pm
General Business Meeting: 5-6:30pm

Friday, April 5
Diversity Committee: 8-9am
Membership Committee: 9-10am
Conference Committee: 10-11am
Student Meeting: 11am-12pm
Publications Committee: 11am-12pm
Communications Committee: 12-1pm
Early Career Professionals Meeting: 2-3pm
Board of Directors Meeting: 6:30-7:30pm
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December 2012
The Executive Board of the Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities sends its heartfelt condolences to the families affected by the horrific events that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Recent media reports that the shooter may have had an autism spectrum disorder are disturbing and, at the moment, unsubstantiated. We recognize that everyone is attempting to understand the circumstances that lead to this tragedy and, consequently, there has been a great deal of discussion about the role autism and mental health may have had in this horrific event. While we welcome discussions that may lead to improved services and a better society, it is critical that the media and public refrain from generating fear and demonizing people with autism. 

Students with autism usually grow into adults who live happy, productive, and fulfilling lives. Importantly, there is no evidence that people with autism are more prone to violent behavior than the general population. We urge the media to exercise caution when reporting the details about the tragedy. Inaccurate reporting, sensational language, and a need for an explanation for the seemingly unexplainable are already generating stereotypes about people with autism. We stand with Autism Speaks and the Autism Society of America in their request that the public not fear people with autism and other developmental disabilities. No matter what is learned about the tragedy, autism is not to blame. Such a suggestion distracts from the very necessary conversation this country needs to have regarding safety, services, and violence prevention.

The professionals who work with students who have autism spectrum disorder will likely have many colleagues, parents, and friends who may come to them for information. The Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities requests that professionals emphasize during their discussions that violence is not part of autism and that people with autism are deserving of our compassion and support.
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April 2012
The Board of Directors, Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (DADD) announce the opening of the position of Executive Director of the division.  Dr. Tom Smith, Executive Director since 1994, will step down from the position effective December 31, 2013.  The Executive Director serves as the professional representative of the board and provides support to board members.  The appointment is for five years, renewable with board recommendation; there is monthly compensation.
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July 2011
Registration is now open for the 20th DADD Conference in Maui January 16-18, 2019!

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Please access the 2019 DADD Conference program mobile app here:

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November 2010
Congratulations to our two newest subdivisions, Utah and North Carolina. We are very happy to have these two states on board with us.
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DADD and the Diversity Committee hosted the fourth Shared Agenda breakfast meeting on April 22, during the 2010 CEC Convention in Nashville. The purpose of this meeting is to interface with other Division Diversity committees through their representatives and address diversity/diversity issues within the field of special education and individual divisions.

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A motion has been made to change the DADD Constitution and By-Laws, by changing Regional Member to Regional Representative throughout
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Download the 2010 DADD Showcase Sessions. Presenters included Robert A. Stodden, Dianne Zager, and Debra Hart speaking about "Preparing Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disabilities for Postsecondary Education and Employment"