American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) AACPDM Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

What is a Special Interest Group?

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are communities within a larger organization, created around a shared interest in specific areas of knowledge, learning, technology, or other characteristics of membership. AACPDM SIGSs should complement the Academy's activities. 

SIGs offer additional benefits for Association members, such as access to subject-specific information and resources, educational opportunities, networking with like-minded peers, and volunteer leadership opportunities. 

What SIGs does AACPDM offer?

  • Adults and Aging - sign up here
  • Complex Care - sign up here
  • Adapted Sports and Recreation - sign up here
  • Technology – sign up here

What do AACPDM SIGs do?

  • SIGs will have a minimum of 1 to a maximum of 2 virtual meetings per year. Scheduling should take place in partnership with the AACPDM staff.
  • SIGs will have an in-person meeting at the AACPDM Annual Meeting at a time determined by staff and the 1st Vice President to facilitate maximum attendance at the meeting.
  • AACPDM staff will maintain a list of active SIG members.
  • SIGs will be re-evaluated every 2 years to ensure relevance and alignment with the AACPDM mission and vision.

What is the process for establishing a new SIG? 

  • The SIG application form can be found here.
  • New SIGs must complete an application that is submitted to the AACPDM Board through the committee with which they are aligned. (Note: If your SIG concept is not directly aligned with a committee, please contact the AACPDM staff for submission guidance.)
  • With the AACPDM Board’s approval of the potential SIG, an email notification will be sent to determine interest in the SIG. Those potential SIG topics with an interest of a minimum of 100 people or more will move forward with the final application to the board for consideration.
  • The AACPDM Board will accept up to 1 new application per year.

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