Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Ad Hoc Committee

Description of Committee

The goal of the IDD Ad Hoc Committee is to increase new APBS members who represent practitioners and family members supporting children and adults with IDD across the lifespan. The committee developed an action plan that includes:

  • Creating new resources for families and practitioners on the website,
  • Developing social media, podcasts and webinars on topics related to IDD,
  • Organizing opportunities for discussion and collaboration,
  • Working with APBS to make sure the annual conference includes IDD-related content, and
  • Building stronger relationships with leaders from other organizations who support the IDD community.

These action-planning efforts are meant to create a climate that is welcoming people to become more involved in APBS as members and conference attendees.

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List of members and how to get involved


Rachel Freeman, Board of Directors
Bob Putnam, Board of Directors

List of Current Members (updated annually)

Please email volunteers@apbs to join the committee.

Regular Committee Members: 27

Barbara Brent, Lauren Brown, Patricia Clark, Meg Depasquale, Dani Dunphy, Rhiannon Evans, Rachel Freeman, Muna Khalif, Tammy Jackson, Lakeisha Harris, Carol Hoeninger, Rose Iovannone, Margaret Moore, Alex Newsom, Jennifer Jeffrey- Pearsall, Anne Malbica, Kiki McGough, Tanya Misgen, Lauren Neubauer, Bob Putnam, Terrance Proctor, Theresa Rodgers, David Rotholz, Steward Shear, Ben Reiman, Virginia Walker, Imad Zaheer.

Australia- Pacific Area Members: 12

Erin Farrell, Dianna Yip, Erin Leif, Shiralee Poed, Anthea Naylor, Sarah Ellen Spence, Natalie Swayn, Tom Tutton, Russ Fox, Brent Hayward, Matt Harrison, Alinka Fischer

Additional White Paper Members: 4

Erin Farrell, Laura Kern, Jessica Simacek, and Lynn Stansberry- Brushanan

Additional UK White Paper Members: 4

Sarah Leitch, Edwin Jones, Jim Thomas, and Darren Bowring

Total Members Across Groups:

N=45 volunteers, board members and others participating in this committee

IDD Ad Hoc 2023 meeting dates include:
  • February 10, 2023: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM EST
  • April 6, 2023: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EST
  • June 5, 2023: 11:00 PM – 12:30 PM EST

Sample of work occurring and resources

The IDD Ad Hoc Committee’s White Paper on Positive Behavior Support in the Field of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) is designed by and for members of the Association for Positive Behavior Support. The purpose of the white paper is to provide a resource for people to share information about positive behavior support, prevent common misunderstandings, and advocate for positive behavior support at the local, regional, and statewide level. Season 1, Episode 2 of the APBS Podcast introduces the IDD Ad Hoc Committee’s White Paper on Positive Behavior Support: Listen to the podcast on IDD Ad Hoc Committee’s White Paper on Positive Behavior Support The APBS Board of Directors has approved the White Paper its first three briefs:
  • Effective and Sustainable Training Systems
  • Data-Based Decision Making
  • How PBS Can Support Home and Community Based Services (United States Specific Brief)
The Committee believes that this future White Paper can be used to advocate for the use of positive behavior support. Learn More About the White Paper:
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Artist Jimmy Reagan This work is licensed by agreement with TJE, LLC. Any other use must be authorized by TJE, LLC.
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