Is my pleasure to welcome you to the official website for the American Psychological Association’s Division 33 on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities/Autism Spectrum Disorder (IDD/ASD). Division 33 is a professional organization that has the mission of advancing psychological research, professional education, and clinical services that address the needs and increase the quality of life of individuals with IDD/ASD across the life span.

 Some of the goals that drive our work include:

  • Promoting social justice and inclusivity through our clinical work, research, and education related to IDD/ASD

  • Expanding and exchanging knowledge and information about IDD/ASD through research, education, and professional communication

  • Enhancing professional development and the quality of professional services that relate to individuals with IDD/ASD

  • Building partnership with individuals with IDD/ASD and with professional organizations that represent them to ensure that multiple perspectives are reflected in research, education, service, and professional development

  • Informing legislative and administrative bodies on the importance of psychological, behavioral, and social factors in IDD/ASD services and the value of psychology in contributing to the solution

  • Strengthening the practice of psychology in IDD/ASD as a distinct professional and scientific entity

  • Pursuing the development of high standards in training, practice, and research for psychologists who work in IDD/ASD

Division 33 has many exciting initiatives for the coming year. A few of these initiatives are outlined below. We are always seeking new partners to join us in these initiatives. If you are interested in learning more about these initiatives and joining other Division 33 members and affiliates in these important efforts, let us know!

  • Developing Clinical Practice Guidelines related to ASD

  • Developing resources and trainings (handbooks, webinars, symposium) on topics related to the criminal justice system and IDD/ASD

  • Expanding trainings, resources, and networking opportunities for early career professionals who work in the field of IDD/ASD

  • Identifying, understanding, and eliminating discrimination, stigma, and bias in clinical practice, research, and education as it relates to IDD/ASD and promoting inclusion and full participation of adults with IDD/ASD in our communities and society

We encourage you to check out some of the new features on our Division website. These include Access Division 33, which offers a series of podcasts with Division 33 members, and the Early Career Professional webpage. Also, please visit us on Facebook and check out our most recenthttp://www.division33.org/newsletter

 We hope to see you at the 2020 Annual APA Convention next August in Washington DC!

Sigan Hartley, PhD
Division 33 President, 2019-2020