The goal of the Developmental Disabilities Special Interest Section (DDSIS) is to focus on how OT assessment and intervention can facilitate the inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities in home, school, work, and community life.
DDSIS was one of the five original Special Interest Sections developed by AOTA in 1977 (the others were Gerontology, Mental Health, Physical Disabilities, and Sensory Integration).
The DDSIS provides a forum for practitioners, educators, students, and researchers to exchange information and strategies and network with each other by highlighting best practice, current trends, and research updates.
DDSIS Standing Committee Members (Term of Office, 2011-2014)
Wanda Mahoney, PhD, OTR/L: Chairperson
Minervan (Mimi) Villacrusis, MOT, OTR/L: Professional Development Coordinator (Forums)
Jennifer Pitonyak, PhD, OTR/L, SCFES: Professional Development Coordinator (Education/Research)
Susan Cahill, PhD, OTR/L: Quarterly Editor
Abby (Abigail) Brayton-Chung, MS, OTR/L: Feeding, Eating, and Swallowing Forum Moderator
Developmental Disabilities Special Interest Section Quarterly Newsletter
Developmental Disabilities SIS Discussion Forum (open to all AOTA members)
Feeding, Eating, and Swallowing Forum (open to all AOTA members)
To join DDSIS, contact AOTA Membership at 301-652-2682, ext. 2769 or toll free at 800-SAY-AOTA (1-800-729-2682).