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Dr. Elizabeth Perkins Receives Fellow Designation from the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Elizabeth Perkins, PhDCongratulations to CFS faculty Dr. Elizabeth Perkins, who has been selected to receive the designation of Fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (FAAIDD), a high honor presented after review and consideration by a committee of leaders in the Association. Individuals may be nominated for Fellow after they have had at least seven years of continuous membership in AAIDD, participation in the professional and business affairs of the Association, and are judged to have made a meritorious contribution to the field of intellectual disability. The formal ceremony of preferment to Fellow will be held at AAIDD’s 138th Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida from June 23–26, 2014.

Dr. Perkins is a Research Assistant Professor and the Associate Director of the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC), USF's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. She has a PhD in Aging Studies and a BA (summa cum laude) in Psychology, both from USF. Dr. Perkins is also an RNMH, a registered nurse from the United Kingdom, where she trained specifically in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Dr. Perkins' current work is concentrated on improving quality of healthcare for persons with disabilities, with an emphasis on older people with IDD and their aging caregivers.

"I am honored and humbled to have this recognition from my peers in AAIDD," said Dr. Perkins. "My membership with AAIDD has paid handsome dividends including wonderful leadership opportunities,  professional collaborations, and the chance to network with some extraordinarily talented people, all with the passion to promote full inclusion and participation for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities."

Founded in 1876, AAIDD is the oldest professional association concerned with intellectual and developmental disabilities. AAIDD advocates for the equality, dignity, and human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and for their full inclusion and participation in society. Learn more about the organization at http://www.aaidd.org.

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