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May 17, 2012

NEW eCourse - Transition to Adulthood for Youth with Chronic Needs: Challenges and Rewards

Registration is now open for Transition to Adulthood for Youth with Chronic Needs: Challenges and Rewards!

Presenters: Susan Labhard, MSN, RN; Sue Leibold, MSN, RN; Jan Willem Gorter, MD, PhD, FRCP(C); Ronna Linroth, PhD; Wilma van der Slot, MD PhD

Course Description:
The goals of this course are to improve knowledge of transition to adulthood and age-appropriate treatment of young people with childhood onset needs. We will share expertise from North America and the Netherlands on core transition components, interventions to promote self-management capabilities of adolescents and young adults with disabilities, and the importance for supporting youth as they move into the culture of adult life beyond medical care alone. Transition challenges and solutions will be illustrated by presenting transition resources and best practices.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To gain awareness of the broad implications of transition and the developmental needs of youth with child onset conditions.
  2. To identify steps to formalize transition services for youth with chronic needs.
  3. To explore application of transition interventions in a variety of settings.
  4. To use evidence-based practices to advise transition program planning.

The AACPDM would like to thank these presenters for generously volunteering their time to present this eCourse

2017 Dues Renewal is Open

AACPDM members can now renew their dues for 2017! Please click here to renew online, or to print an invoice to mail in.

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Join an AACPDM Committee

The AACPDM is seeking volunteers for open committee positions.  Committee membership is a great way to contribute to the Academy, and it will also enhance your personal professional growth through connections with your colleagues. The committees that are seeking candidates are:

Please visit our volunteer application to indicate your interest in any of our committees.

Featured TedX Talk

We are pleased to make you aware of this TEDx talk by AACPDM Board of Directors member Dr. Lisa Thornton, titled "What I've Learned as a Childhood Disability Doctor."

Lisa Thornton, M.D. is a Pediatrician who specializes in the care of children with disabilities. She is passionate about providing reliable health information for families and believes that childhood is the best time to develop lifelong healthy habits for the body and mind.

Are children who have a physical disability as content and satisfied with their lives as children who don'€™t? Yes!  In this enlightening talk, Lisa Thornton, a physician who specializes in the medical care of children with disabilities, will share insights she has learned from the parents of her patients who raise happy, well-adjusted children.

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!

Featured TEDMED Talk

AACPDM is proud to feature TED talks that we think you should watch.  We are pleased to feature this talk by Cole Galloway, who has spoken at the AACPDM Annual Meeting in the past.  Dr. Galloway's talk is called "A Movement for Mobility" 

Neuroscientist and physical therapist James “Cole” Galloway thinks differently about the role of self-motivated mobility in shaping who we are in early life. As Director of the Pediatric Mobility Lab and Design Studio and Professor at the University of Delaware, he invents assistive devices for children with motor impairments. His approach of combining high tech and low tech—or “go tech”—to restore physical independence and its neurodevelopmental consequences for disabled children has garnered the interest of the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the toy industry.

Featured TEDx Talk

AACPDM is proud to feature TED talks that we think you should watch.  We are pleased to feature this talk by Stella Young, who recently passed away.  Ms. Young's talk is titled "I'm not your inspiration, thank you very much"  The description on TEDx reads "Stella Young is a comedian and journalist who happens to go about her day in a wheelchair — a fact that doesn't, she'd like to make clear, automatically turn her into a noble inspiration to all humanity. In this very funny talk, Young breaks down society's habit of turning disabled people into "inspiration porn.""

2014 Parent Panel

Check out the video from our 2014 Annual Meeting opening session featuring our wonderful parent panel speakers - Dana Florence, Cynthia Frisina, Jill Chambers and Carol Shrader.

DMCN goes mobile

Introducing the new iOS app for Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology


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