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Last Updated:
June 17, 2019

2019 Election

Vote Now!The Slate of Nominees Has Been Selected!

In accordance with the Bylaws of the AACPDM, the Nominating Committee hereby submits the following slate of nominees for the Board of Directors and Nominating Committee.

Second Vice President

  • Tom Novacheck, MD

Director at Large

  • Kristie Bjornson, PT, PhD, PCS
  • Lisa Letzkus Ph.D, RN, CPNP-AC

Nominating Committee

  • Désirée B. Maltais PT, PhD
  • Jean Stansbury, APRN, MSN, CNP, CNS, CHPPN
  • Sylvia Ounpuu,MSc

Each candidate's biographical profile will be available for review 30 days prior to the online election, click the button below to access the nominee profiles.


If you wish to submit a write-in candidate, the AACPDM Nominating Committee will consider all write-ins.

Submit member name here

The 2019 election will open in late July and all members in good standing are encouraged to vote. Watch for the AACPDM email notices for election link.


Registration is now open for the Combined 73rd AACPDM Annual and 2nd IAACD Triannual Meeting September 18-21, 2019, in Anaheim, California! To learn more about available instructional courses, networking events, accommodations, travel arrangements and to register for this year's meeting, visit the AACPDM Annual Meeting page. See you in Anaheim!

AusACPDM 2020 Abstract Submissions

Abstract submissions for 10th Biennial AusACPDM Conference 2020 are now open and close 5pm AEST 29 July 2019. Submissions are being sought for free papers, posters (paper and electronic), workshops, breakfast sessions and PhD platform presentations on the following topics:

Conditions including, but not limited to:

  • Cerebral palsy 
  • Acquired brain injury
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder 
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal cord injury and disease
  • Chromosomal disorders
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Developmental disorders

 Submission Themes:
We welcome submissions that study:

  • Prevention is the best Medicine
  • Innovations and new Technologies 
  • Consumer Engagement and Social Policy
  • Understanding disability and Causal Mechanisms
  • Indigenous Health
  • Best Practice Interventions
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing in Disability
  • Transitional Care

Visit the conference website for further information.

CP NOW Sponsors New RFA for CPRN

CP NOW, a non-profit focused on cerebral palsy education and research, is sponsoring a $30,000 Request for Applications (RFA) in conjunction with the Cerebral Palsy Research Network (CPRN). The RFA is open to investigators that are either members of CPRN or outside of the network.  CP NOW and CPRN seek to fund research that will advance key questions in the Research CP patient-centered research agenda using CPRN’s resources, e.g., sites, investigators, and CP registries.  Interested investigators can download the complete RFA here.

House passes changes to Americans With Disabilities Act

On February 15th, the House passed legislation that would amend the Americans With Disabilities Act over objections from disability rights advocates and Democratic leaders, who warned that the bill would remove incentives for businesses to comply with the law.

The US Senate’s new budget deal funds CHIP for a full decade

For at least the next 10 years, families in the US Children’s Health Insurance Program shouldn’t have to worry about the money running out again.

Senate leaders announced on Wednesday that, as part of a broader budget agreement, they would lengthen the six-year funding extension for CHIP that Congress passed last month to a full 10 years of funding for the program.

Read more HERE.

2018 Annual Meeting General Session videos are now available online

The AACPDM 72nd Annual Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio was a tremendous success! If you were unable to attend, we now have the fabulous general session videos online. If you did attend, feel free to refresh your memory and view the presentations once again.

Your shopping on Amazon can benefit AACPDM

AACPDM is part of's Smile program.  Amazon Smile allows us to receive a percentage of the money you spend on Amazon Smile, on any purchases that you make.

To set up AACPDM as your charity, please visit Amazon Smile.  Just under the search bar, there is a link to choose your charity.  Click on that and search for "AACPDM", then select us.  If you've bookmarked, please consider replacing that bookmark with this URL:, after choosing AACPDM as your donation selection.

Please remember - you'll have to access Amazon through the Amazon Smile page at  If you go to, a percentage is not donated!

DMCN goes mobile

Introducing the new iOS app for Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology