There has been a growing emphasis within the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) and the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities on identifying and supporting the next generation of leaders. AAIDD, like many other professional organizations, has a membership base that is unbalanced. A large majority of AAIDD's membership consists of long-term members, with students and early career professionals constituting a much smaller subset. However, AAIDD has increased its focus on recruiting and supporting the next generation of professionals through targeted activities and programs—and progress has been made. For example, an Ad Hoc Committee on Student and Junior Member Recruitment and Retention has been formed that focuses on student and early career issues and organizes multiple activities targeted to the needs of this group, including an Early Career Development Webinar Series, a Guide Program that matches student and new members with...

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