Institute Staff Member Named Fellow of National Organization
The co-executive directors of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, Celia Feinstein and Amy Goldman, have announced that Institute assistant director James Lemanowicz will receive the designation of Fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD).
AAIDD, the oldest professional association in the country concerned with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, will honor 15 individuals across the country and across the world with this distinction.
Jim is a Temple University alumnus and has been an employee of the Institute for more than 30 years, focusing on statistical analysis and data management on multiple research projects. He has co-authored several publications, with his current area of concentration being quality enhancement, consumer interviews, and evaluation of the quality of life for individuals with disabilities.
The honor of "Fellow of the Association" is presented only after careful review by a committee of Association leaders. Individuals are nominated and considered when they are judged to have made a meritorious contribution to the field of intellectual disability and after they have been an active, participating member of AAIDD for at least seven continuous years.
Celia Feinstein, co-executive director of the Institute, has worked with Jim for much of his time at the Institute and can attest to his contribution to the field.
"Jim's contribution both to the field and to AAIDD have been meritorious," says Feinstein. "Through his work first on the Pennhurst Longitudinal Study and more recently on Independent Monitoring for Quality, Jim has furthered the research agenda that supports the importance of community inclusion for individuals with intellectual disabilities. I am thrilled that his work has been recognized by AAIDD."
Amy Goldman, co-executive director says that Jim is an important resource for the staff at the Institute.
"I speak for everyone here in congratulating Jim. We're fortunate to have someone with the commitment, experience and passion that Jim has demonstrated daily for more than 30 years."
A formal ceremony of preferment to Fellow will be held at AAIDD's 137th Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA in June.