One of the responsibilities of the Board of Directors of the Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities of CEC is to provide a forum for its members to discuss critical issues impacting the field and to take positions on such issues. DADD’s Critical Issues Committee is the vehicle within the Division for discussing and developing critical issue and position papers. The steps for participating in the critical issues process is as follows:
- Any member of the Division may pose a critical issue or position statement to be considered by the committee – all topics should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org in the form of a title and a brief paragraph describing the issue or position to be developed.
- The topic will be reviewed by the committee and approval/disapproval will be provided to further develop the topic into an issue or position paper (five to ten pages describing background or rationale for the issue, the nature of the issue, why the issue is of importance to the membership or the field, and solutions or a position regarding the issue.
- The full paper will be further reviewed by the committee and the board and approved or disapproved. With approval an abstract of the paper will be published to the membership in the DADD Express and the full paper will be posted on the DADD web site.
- With publication on the web site the author further has the opportunity of expanding the paper for review and possible publication in the division journal, ETADD.
If you have an idea for a critical issue or position that you believe would be appropriate for consideration by DADD’s Critical Issues Committee, please contact Committee Chair Emily Bouck