Who is leading the field in 2020? AAIDD students and early career professionals

Jill M. Crane, Heather J. Williamson, Sheida K. Raley, Mayumi Hagiwara, Chung eun Lee, Susan M. Havercamp

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The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) has been a leader in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities since its founding in 1876. Today, student and early career professionals make up approximately 8.5% of the organization, with their engagement supported by the Student and Early Career Professional Interest Network (SECP). An article by Havercamp et al. (2003), ''Who Will Lead the Field Beyond 2020?'', recommended organizational changes that have been largely addressed in the years following by SECP. The present research replicates Havercamp et al.'s (2003) original survey of the organization's student and early career professionals, and results support the effectiveness of SECP as a welcoming platform from which students and early career professionals can establish themselves in the organization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-223
Number of pages7
JournalIntellectual and developmental disabilities
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2021


  • Early career professionals
  • Graduate
  • Intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Interest network
  • Professional organizations
  • Professional students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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