American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) Current News

Now Accepting AACPDM 2023 Grant Applications

The AACPDM offers the opportunity for members to apply for Research Grants, which aim to provide support to bring together investigators from geographically disparate locations, obtain statistical consultation and develop a multi-center research study plan.

Clinical Research Grants


A key mission of the Academy is to promote excellence in research for the benefit of persons with cerebral palsy and childhood-onset disabilities. One way in which the Academy promotes research is through annual Research Grants. Historically, the AACPDM has partnered with the Pedal with Pete Foundation, the Center for Progress, and the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation to fund multiple grants, up to $25,000 USD each! Areas of research should focus on topics related to cerebral palsy.

Research grant funding supports high-quality clinical research projects/programs. The award may be used to fund planning for a project or to complete a small research project of high impact in any area relevant to the AACPDM’s mission. The successful applicant will have a solid track record in childhood-onset disability research.

The Principal Investigator on the grant must be an AACPDM member in good standing. Only one grant application per member will be considered in a given budget year.

Click HERE for more information and to apply!

The grant submission deadline is Monday, April 24, 2023, at 11:59 pm CST.

2023 AACPDM Membership Renewal Is Now Open

On behalf of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM), I want to thank you for your membership and loyalty to the Academy.  Members can renew their dues starting December 15, 2022, and they will be active through December 31, 2023.  We ask that you continue your membership and renew to stay connected to our growing and evolving academy.

The AACPDM is an Academy of over 1,100 health professionals dedicated to advancing the health and well-being of all individuals with cerebral palsy and other childhood-onset disabilities. AACPDM is like no other professional society! The “teamwork” mindset of our members solidifies a worldwide network that provides the most effective outcomes for patients.

Renewing your membership ensures that you continue to receive important benefits, such as:

It’s simple to renew your membership, just log in to the members-only section of the AACPDM website at and follow the instructions. You can also pay by mailing your invoice and check to the AACPDM office or over the phone (414-918-3014) with a credit card. Contact the office if you have any questions at

We thank you for your past contributions to the Academy and hope you will continue with the AACPDM community.  Please help us to grow our AACPDM community by sending this notice to your colleagues. Additional information for potential new members is provided here.


Lesley Pritchard, PT, PhD
AACPDM 2022-23 President

Major Health Organization Release Guidance on Identifying, Treating, Cerebral Palsy

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) provide updated guidance for physicians within a clinical report, “Providing a Primary Care Medical Home for Children and Youth with Cerebral Palsy.”

The clinical report and an accompanying executive summary detail the definition, manifestations, and management of cerebral palsy. Both reports are published in the December 2022 Pediatrics (published online Nov. 21).

AAP Press Release

Providing a Primary Care Medical Home for Children and Youth With Cerebral Palsy

Executive Summary: Providing a Primary Care Medical Home for Children and Youth With Cerebral Palsy

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