In some organizations, people seek the presidency as the culmination of a career, as feather in their professional cap, or perhaps because they think they are the absolute best person to hold the position. Still others may seek the presidential role because they want to “be the association president” or relish the opportunity to make a presidential address. Fortunately, the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) has had many presidents who sought the position because they believed they could make a positive difference for the association and the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.

I am in the latter group. I am not a full-time researcher, although I am fortunate to contribute to the applied research literature. I am not currently a service provider; however, I am directly involved in improvements to a service delivery system that has an impact on the lives of people with intellectual...

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