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Last Updated:
November 16, 2016

Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting provides an international forum for the dissemination and exchange of new knowledge, ideas and educational information between participants from all disciplines involved in the prevention, diagnosis and care of children with cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities. The meeting customarily begins with Pre-conference courses followed by the general meeting, which will include both plenary and concurrent scientific sessions, symposia, and other special programs.

BENEFIT: Members receive a substantial discount on the registration fees.


Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology (DMCN) is the official journal of the AACPDM. This peer reviewed journal is recognized internationally as the leader in the field. Members can choose to select from a list of Clinics in Developmental Medicine series books in replace of DMCN Journal. This option is available to Fellow Members of the AACPDM.

BENEFIT: Fellow Members receive a FREE subscription to DMCN.

The AACPDM creates a  newsletter and periodic broadcast emails about various events and activities in the industry. Members assist in developing informational materials to keep the public informed about advances in treating cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities.

BENEFIT: Members receive the newsletter and broadcast emails for FREE.


The AACPDM offers the opportunity for members to apply for Research Grants. The purpose of this planning grant is to provide support to bring together investigators from geographically disparate locations, obtain statistical consultation and develop a multi-center research study plan. The goal is to provide the forum and initial planning to develop a successful grant submission for full funding through some larger agency (e.g., NIH, UCP, NIDRR, CDC, CIHR etc). The grant should focus on an important clinical question relevant to the membership of AACPDM and the involvement of a multidisciplinary team is expected.

BENEFIT: The grant is open to only members of the AACPDM.


Members can visit the AACPDM website, with a host of related information. Contribute, borrow, or just browse for your education, or your colleagues and patients.

BENEFIT: Members Only access to the AACPDM website.

Scholarships & Awards

Each year, AACPDM offers multiple scholarships to attend our Annual Meeting: Student Scholarships and International Scholarships.  Student Scholarships of up to $1000 and International Scholarships of up to $2500 are awarded to deserving applicants at the discretion of the reviewing committees.

BENEFIT: Scholarships are only awarded to AACPDM members.

AACPDM offers several awards to members only, including the Lifetime Achievement Award and Mentorship Award, the latter of which requires both the nominee and nominator to be members of AACPDM.  This is a wonderful opportunity for recognition of professionals who have made significant contributions to the field of developmental medicine.

BENEFIT: The opportunity to formally and publicly recognize a significant person in your professional development.