What is the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities?

J. Beam
J. Beam
Individuals with mental retardation may possess distinguishable facial features.
Individuals with mental retardation may possess distinguishable facial features.

The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAID) is the longest running non-profit organization in America acting as advocates for people with mental and developmental disabilities. When the organization was founded in 1876, it was known as the Association of Medical Officers of American Institutions for Idiotic and Feebleminded Persons. The organization then underwent name changes to the American Association of Mental Deficiency, followed by the American Association of Mental Retardation, and finally to the current name in 2006.

Memory problems and short attention spans are common signs of mental retardation.
Memory problems and short attention spans are common signs of mental retardation.

The overall mission of the AAID is to advocate equality, inclusion and participation for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in society. They achieve this goal by offering support and aid to families and caregivers as well as people working in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. AAIDD provides resources for individuals as well as communities and is run by a group of professionals in the field.

The organization operates out of Washington, D.C. and is headed by a President and Board of Directors, but has over 7,000 members in the United States and another 55 countries have an association with AAIDD.

The mission of the AAID is to advocate equality, inclusion and participation for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in society.
The mission of the AAID is to advocate equality, inclusion and participation for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in society.

In addition to acting as a resource for professionals, family members, and caregivers, the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities also acts as an advocate in legislation. AAIDD has positions on a variety of issues that impact the intellectually and developmentally disabled including human and civil rights, protection, aging, health care, and education.

Expectant mothers who drink alcohol may be putting their unborn child at risk for fetal alcohol syndrome, which is one of the leading causes of mental retardation in kids.
Expectant mothers who drink alcohol may be putting their unborn child at risk for fetal alcohol syndrome, which is one of the leading causes of mental retardation in kids.

The organization also publishes resources for professionals in the field. Their publications include a monthly newsletter, available electronically with updates as to policy, developments, and initiatives, and the American Journal on Mental Retardation, which has been published annually since 1997.

You can read the full mission statement of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, as well as their 13-point principals of operation, by visiting their official website at www.aaidd.org.

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