The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) has selected UCS Medical Director Alya Reeve, MD, MPH, to receive the designation of Fellow of the Association. Reeve is one of twelve recipients, from throughout the country, who will be recognized at the AAIDD’s 140th annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia from June 6 to 9, 2016.
Fellows are determined to have made a meritorious contribution to the field of intellectual disability, and are eligible for the award after having seven years of continuous membership in AAIDD and participation in the professional and business affairs of the association. Reeve, who joined UCS in 2015, reflected on being nominated for the honor.
“This is a very well respected organization in the field of intellectual/developmental disabilities that has been providing comprehensive advocacy and assistance to people for generations. It’s very unique to have someone involved directly in providing mental health services, and not only academia, to receive such an award and I’m very appreciative to be honored,” said Reeve.
Incorporated in 1876, AAIDD is the oldest professional association concerned with intellectual and developmental disabilities. According to their announcement, 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. For more information about AAIDD, visit their webpage at https://aaidd.org/.