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Lifespan Care

Last Updated:
January 20, 2021

Lifespan Care


Composition and Appointment:

Members: Number (variable), subject to the needs and recommendations of the Chairperson with the approval of the committee's Board Liaison and the Second Vice President.


Chairperson: 1 year progressing from Chair-Elect.
Chair-Elect 1 year, appointed by consensus of Committee, Board Member, and Second Vice President.
Past Chair: 1 year progressing from Chair.
Members: 3 years (one second three-year term permissible).

Duties / Objectives:

  1. To encourage and provide leadership in developing interdisciplinary educational programs for the membership of the AACPDM on lifespan care issues including transition to adulthood, aging, and adult outcomes.
  2. To foster attitudinal changes so that preparation for transition can begin in infancy and early childhood, recognizing that there are transitions throughout development and the whole lifespan that require attention and preparation.
  3. To promote recognition of the need for consumer input and dialogue in planning educational, clinical, and research program.
  4. To address the needs for formal study and research in adult outcomes of interventions for children with developmental disabilities.
  5. To provide leadership in exploring and advocating for models of care and service provision which meet the medical, psychosocial, emotional, educational, vocational, and housing needs of adolescence and adults with developmental disabilities.

Other Ways To Participate

If you're interested in the care of adults with childhood onset disabilities, you may also be interested in participating in our Adults and Aging Special Interest Group.  The group meets several times per year to discuss topics and learn together about advancing care for this unique population.  To join our SIG, please send an email to and include your full name in the body of the message with the word “join” in the subject line.

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