American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) Community Forum

Welcome to the 2023 Community Forum hosted and presented by the AACPDM Community Council. We thank the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) members and presenters who have so generously volunteered their time to share their knowledge, expertise, and resources with the cerebral palsy community.

This year’s Forum will take place on Sunday, September 10, 2023, from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm CT at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab in Chicago, IL.

The AACPDM Community Forum is a FREE in-person educational event developed by families to serve as a resource for individuals with cerebral palsy and their parents/caregivers. It provides an opportunity to hear experts discuss issues affecting children and adults and learn about new research, medical advances, and topics that promote inclusion, participation, or impact the quality of life for those with cerebral palsy.

2023 Community Forum Schedule:

8:30 am – 9:30 am: Registration

9:30 am – 10:00 am: Welcome Message

10:00 am – 11:00 am: Hot Topics Panel

Presenter: Iona Novak, Ph.D
Topic: Stem Cells

Presenter: Prakash Jayabalan MD, Ph.D
Topic: Metabolomics

Presenter: Brenna Argall, Ph.D
Topic: Smart Wheelchair 

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Supporting Transitions to Adulthood

Presenter: Christina Sarmiento, MD, Physiatrist
Presenter: Patti Herbst, Executive Director, Center for Independence

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch Break

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Mental Health, Cerebral Palsy and Psychotropic Medications

Presenter: Dr. Heather Riodan, Neurologist
Presenter: Dr. Aaron Hauptman, Psychiatrist

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Adapted Sports: Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA)

Presenter: Cindy Housner
Presenter: Peyton Manigo
Presenter: Mak Nong
Presenter: Margaret Beaudoin

Want to share information about the 2023 Community Forum with your patients and colleagues? 

Feel free to download or print this flyer, which includes a QR code that links directly to the Community Forum page. 

Important Dates

November 2022
Abstract Submissions Open

January 31, 2023
Abstract Submissions Deadline

March 27 & 28, 2023
Morning Seminar, Mini Symposia, Free Paper Acceptances Sent Out

April 5, 2023
Poster Acceptances Sent Out

May 8, 2023
Morning Seminar, Mini Symposia, Free Paper Information Sent Out

May 12, 2023
Poster Information Sent Out

May 15, 2023
Registration Opens and Preliminary Program Available

September 10-13, 2023
77th Annual Meeting