DDD Research Award

A new award category of the Division on Developmental Disabilities is the Research Award. The Research Award is to be given annually to an individual, or group of individuals, in recognition of outstanding basic and/or applied research in the area of developmental disabilities. The criteria for selection are as follows:

The research on which the nomination is made has been published within a peer-refereed journal during the 2 years prior to the year in which the award is being given. No of articles “in press” will be considered.

The article will be a primary research report (reflecting any research methodology), a meta analysis, or a research review. It may not be a theoretical paper, a position or issue statement on penny stocks, or any other topic.

The article will have broad implications for practice that are likely to impact the field of developmental disabilities.

To nominate an individual or self-nominate for this award, submit the following materials to the chair of the DDD Awards Committee by January 15 of each year:

Three clear copies of the photocopied article from the journal in which it appeared.

Letter of nomination in which nominator provides an assessment of how the study extends the knowledge base in the field of developmental disabilities, how the research can lead to research-based practices, and/or how the research supports evidenced based practices in developmental disabilities. (The nomination letter is not to exceed three pages in length.)

Complete name, title, address and email address, and telephone information for nominee(s).

Complete name, title, address and email address, and telephone information for the person making the nomination.

A three-person subcommittee of the DDD Awards Committee will review all articles submitted to determine if the nomination is in accordance with the award guidelines. Then the subcommittee will screen the pool of articles submitted and create a short list. Evaluations of the selected articles will be solicited from appropriate scholars in the field. A summary of findings and recommendations will be transmitted to the DDD Awards Committee who will make the award decision.

CEC-DDD Awards

The Division on Developmental Disabilities of the Council for Exceptional Children is pleased to provide for the annual recognition of individuals and subdivisions through a number of awards, as listed below:

The BURTON BLATT HUMANITARIAN AWARD is available to honour an individual who is a member of DDD, and who has demonstrated exceptional effort in furthering the cause of persons with mental retardation/cognitive disabilities, autism and other developmental disabilities.

The LEGISLATIVE AWARD is available to honour an individual who has been involved in the development, support, and/or enactment of legislation designed to meet the needs of persons with mental retardation/cognitive disabilities, autism and other developmental disabilities. The person need not be a member of DDD.

The TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD is available to recognize a special education teacher or regular classroom teacher from each subdivision for exceptional performance in supporting students who have mental retardation/cognitive disabilities, autism and other developmental disabilities. The teacher need not be a member of DDD, and each state/provincial subdivision is encouraged to nominate an individual for this award.

The PARAEDUCATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD is available to recognize a paraeducator from each subdivision who participates as a member of the teaching team, and who exhibits exemplary personal and professional skills in supporting students who have mental retardation/cognitive disabilities, autism and other developmental disabilities. The paraeducator need not be a member of DDD, and each state/provincial subdivision is encouraged to nominate an individual for this award.

In addition to the individual awards available, the JOHN W. KIDD SUBDIVISION AWARD may be given annually to the subdivision that has shown exceptional performance during the past year. Criteria used can include: increases in membership, innovative programming, and participation of members in related activities beyond the subdivision level.

The RESEARCH AWARD is to be given annually to an individual, or group of individuals, in recognition of outstanding basic and/or applied research in the area of developmental disabilities. For more information on the criteria for this award, please see RESEARCH AWARD.

Please note: Any CEC-DDD member may nominate individuals for the BURTON BLATT HUMANITARIAN AWARD, the LEGISLATIVE AWARD or the RESEARCH AWARD. Only subdivision presidents may nominate individuals for the TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD and the PARAEDUCATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD; additionally, subdivision presidents may apply for consideration for the JOHN W. KIDD SUBDIVISION AWARD, by writing to the chairperson of the DDD Awards Committee.

Nominations/applications, accompanied by appropriate supporting data/information to allow the selection committee to judge the suitability of the individual or subdivision as a candidate for the award, must be submitted for consideration NO LATER THAN JANUARY 15, 2006.

Please note that awards nominations must be submitted by DDD members, and that awards are presented during the DDD Annual Business Meeting at the Annual CEC Convention, only during a year when nominations meet the stated criteria.

Monograph Series from DDD!

The Division on Developmental Disabilities is pleased to announce the publication of a series of works in developmental disabilities. These four reference books, edited by Robert Sandieson, Val Sharpe, and Jack Hourcade and published by PRO-ED, will be essential for anyone concerned with fundamental issues related to developmental disabilities.

The editors reviewed approximately 1500 articles from DDD’s journal Education and Training in Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities published from 1966-2004, and selected the finest efforts of writers in the field. Articles were chosen based on historical significance; contemporary value; representation of the cross-section of theories, research approaches and methodologies within a category; and representation across the lifespan. The articles were then grouped into four books.

Social and Communication Skills in Developmental Disabilities

This book provides a variety of effective approaches for enhancing social skills and functional communication for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Assessment and Instruction in Developmental Disabilities

Two of the most frequently published topics in the journal are assessment and instruction. This book emphasizes psychometrics and functional assessment procedures, and practical instructional strategies for learners with developmental disabilities.

Foundations, Teachers, and Families in Developmental Disabilities

This book covers definitional issues in developmental disabilities, preparation of special education teachers and paraprofessionals, and family issues such as coping and ethnicity.

Inclusion and Employment in Developmental Disabilities

This book provides proven approaches for enhancing inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities in schools and communities. Topics include peer acceptance, friendship, and adult inclusion in community and vocational settings.

DDD members will be eligible for special discounts on the books (to be available through PRO-ED and CEC Publications), as well as for special package discounts for all four books.