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Position and Issue Papers of the Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities

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:

  1. 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 in the form of a title and a brief paragraph describing the issue or position to be developed.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

Browse Position Papers and Info Briefs
2005 - Considerations on the Use of Medicine with People Who Have Autism Spectrum Disorder
At some point in the life of a child with developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders (ASD), families may be confronted with the issue of whether or not the use of medication is needed to improve their child’s quality of life. This is often a very difficult decision for families to make. The use of medication for children with ASD and other developmental disabilities is an issue about which many people have strong opinions which may cloud, divert, or distort the crucial issue of whether the benefits of using the medication outweigh the risks associated with the use of psychotropic medications.
2003 - A Position Paper of CEC-DDD
In 2002, the membership of the Council for Exceptional Children’s (CEC) Division on Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (MR/DD), following an extensive consultation process, made a progressive step by voting to change the division’s name to the Division on Developmental Disabilities (DDD). This move reflected the need to recognize and address the plurality that exists among the diverse group of learners served by the division.
2002 - The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act: DDD Position on Reauthorization
The Division on Developmental Disabilities (DDD) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) believes Congress should focus on ways to enhance IDEA by building on its previous successes and be willing to revise areas that are creating barriers to providing appropriate supports and services.
2002 - Critical Issue: Interagency Services for Youth with Cognitive Disabilities and Mental Health Needs
The Critical Issues Committee of MRDD realizes that many individuals with cognitive disabilities may also have significant mental health needs. Yet, it is often difficult for such individuals to obtain effective and appropriate mental health services. Meeting the unique needs of students with both cognitive and mental health disabilities is a challenge both for the professionals and the systems funding services.
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