In seeking to identify an appropriate topic for my presidential address, I concluded that I would focus on what I think is my rather unique contribution to the developmental disabilities field: a morphed perspective, namely, wearing two hats—professional and family. As I have reflected on the process of wearing two hats, I realize that I have ended up with a single hat, one—a morphed one—that combines my professional and family perspectives in ways that create a new framework for my thinking, research, and teaching. In this paper I identify how my morphed perspective has influenced my professional career and, especially, how it has provided insights into my current professional goal, which is enhancing family quality of life.

For the last 25 years, I have been on the faculty at the University of Kansas. Currently, I am a professor in the Department of Special...

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