The Wisconsin Chapter began in 1968 under the guidance of Harvey Stevens and Gilbert Szymanski. The first chair of the Wisconsin chapter was Richard Scheerenberger in 1973 – 1974. The chapter has had many influential leaders over the years and continues to thrive and grow. Its members are actively involved within the state and at the national level for AAIDD. We offer a scholarship to encourage student participation in the organization, with applications accepted September 1 – October 31 each year; please review AAIDD-WI Scholarship Information for more details.
AAIDD WI promotes activities that support people who work in the field so that the quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is enhanced.
To accomplish this mission, the association commits its individuals and collective resources to:
Support the National office of AAIDD in pursuing their mission and principles;
Increase the perception of AAIDD WI as a resource organization and source of expertise, thereby influencing public policy;
Increase collaboration with other professional groups;
To provide continuing education and training opportunities to members and others in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Adopted by the AAIDD WI Board of Directors
AAIDD has adopted a 13-point set of principles (or core values) relative to its mission:
- Achieving full societal inclusion and participation of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- Advocating for equality, individual dignity and other human rights.
- Expanding opportunities for choice and self-determination.
- Influencing positive attitudes and public awareness by recognizing the contributions of people with intellectual disabilities.
- Promoting genuine accommodations to expand participation in all aspects of life.
- Aiding families and other caregivers to provide support in the community.
- Increasing access to quality health, education, vocational, and other human services and supports.
- Advancing basic and applied research to prevent or minimize the effects of intellectual disability and to enhance the quality of life.
- Cultivating and providing leadership in the field.
- Seeking a diversity of disciplines, cultures, and perspectives in our work.
- Enhancing skills, knowledge, rewards and conditions of people working in the field.
- Encouraging promising students to pursue careers in the field of disabilities.
- Establishing partnerships and strategic alliances with organizations that share our values and goals.
AAIDD’s goals are to:
- Enhance the capacity of professionals who work with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- Participate in the development of a society that fully includes individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- Build an effective, responsive, well managed, responsibly-governed, and sustainable organization.