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January 2011

Students’ Corner

Jordan Shurr
DADD Student Representative

Things don’t always work out the way you’ve planned. Five years ago I would have told you at this point I would be working as a special education administrator. Ten years ago, I figured I would be in Prague, fluent in Czech, and working somewhere interesting and exotic. Twenty years ago I prepared for a future in architecture, medicine, or film. Today, I am in my third year of graduate school working toward a Ph.D. in special education. I have not yet been an administrator, had an address in Prague, nor have I diagnosed anything beyond my own lack of sleep. And I honestly could not see it any other way.


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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. 

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"