Alixe Bonardi Appointed to Advisory Committee for AAIDD Terminology and Classification Manual

Date: 09/2017

The board of directors of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) appointed Alixe Bonardi, a director of HSRI’s intellectual and developmental disabilities services research team, to serve on the advisory committee for the next iteration of the Association’s terminology and classification manual: Intellectual Disability: Definition, Diagnosis, Classification, and Systems of Supports, 12th Edition.

AAIDD published its first official definition and classification manual in 1910 and its latest edition, the 11th edition, in 2010. The diagnostic and classification manual is the foundation upon which clinical, policy, and legal standards are built. Recently, the 2010 manual was cited in an Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court advising on the appropriate approach to diagnosis of intellectual disability. 

The forthcoming 12th edition will contain the most current and authoritative guidance on intellectual disability, including best practices in diagnosing and classifying intellectual disability as the basis for supports for people with intellectual disability.

“I’m looking forward to contributing to this advisory committee that will help shape the next iteration of this indispensable resource for clinicians, educators, policymakers, program managers, and others,” said Alixe. 

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