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

The AACPDM Community Council expresses its gratitude to the members and presenters who have generously offered their time to share their knowledge, expertise, and resources with the cerebral palsy community. Your contributions were instrumental in making the 2023 Community Forum a resounding success, and we are grateful for your support.

This year’s Forum occurred on Sunday, September 10, 2023, at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab in Chicago, IL.

The AACPDM Community Forum is an annual 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.

Click HERE to watch the full 2023 Community Forum video recording!
*Click the individual Topics below to watch the recording.

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 | Watch the Video

Presenter: Prakash Jayabalan MD, Ph.D
Topic: Metabolomics | Watch the Video

Presenter: Brenna Argall, Ph.D
Topic: Smart Wheelchair  | Watch the Video

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

Presenter: Christina Sarmiento, MD, Physiatrist | Watch the Video
Presenter: Patti Herbst, Executive Director, Center for Independence | Watch the Video

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) | Watch the Video

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

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

September 15, 2023 and October 9, 2023
CME Instructions Sent Out

September 29, 2023 - December 31, 2023
On-Demand Content Available