The 32nd Annual Aging with Developmental Disabilities Conference will be held on May 15-16, 2023.
The conference will take place at the St. Charles Convention Center. Check back later for more information on this event.
History of Conference
In collaboration with an ever-growing network of diverse stakeholders, AADD has assiduously planned and hosted an annual professional conference for over 30 years. Garnering interest both nationally and internationally. AADD has also forged partnerships with several academic institutions, including St. Louis University Gateway Geriatric Education Center, the University of Missouri-Kansas City Institute for Human Development (a University Center on Excellence on Developmental Disability), and the Washington University School of Medicine Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center.
The Annual Aging with Developmental Disabilities Conference has a goal of bringing the aging and developmental disability professionals together to learn about best support models and practices and the most current information on aging with a developmental disability. Through information, education, and networking, participants from across the United States will have a better understanding of both medical care, medical changes and best practices that will help them support people with developmental disabilities with living their best life as well as end-of-life care.
There are specific tracks targeted at different audiences that will attend (i.e. medical, direct support, self-advocacy). All tracks have the common thread of improving quality of life and helping maintain the independence of aging individuals with developmental disabilities, with the broad goal of supporting people in their desire to age in place.
The 31st Annual Aging with Developmental Disabilities Conference, offered as an in-person as well as a virtual event, drew more than 375 attendees. Attendees included doctors, nurses, social workers, case managers, direct support professionals, self-advocates, and many others from 23 different states.
St. Charles Convention Center
1 Convention Center Plaza
Saint Charles, Missouri 63303
"This is my third time attending this conference and I always learn something new. I enjoy the downloads so I can review and enhance my training for those I supervise. Keep up the good work."
"Openness of communication - it was designed to help everyone connect and share information in a comfortable setting"
Well done. Really enjoyed all the sessions and having the opportunity to speak to vendors and engage in interesting conversations with participants.
This conference was amazing!! I am so glad that I had the opportunity to attend. I have many valuable takeaways in various topic areas.
"I really enjoy attending this conference and always feel I have gained something when I leave."
"There was a good variety of topics covering issues that we as support staff face daily."
"All the breakouts I attended were interesting and definitely worth attending. The speakers were engaging."
"Conference was excellent. I attended virtually, and it went very well."
"This year marks the 5th year of attendance. It gets better every year. Thank you so much!! As a DMH employee as well as a parent/ guardian I always walk away with fantastic and useful info!!"
"Informative and excellent presenters who were very knowledgeable on all the topics they presented."
Awards (Allene M. Jackson Award and Dr. John E. Morley Award)
The 2022 winners of the Allene M. Jackson Award and Dr. John E. Morley Award were announced during lunch at the 31st Annual Aging with Developmental Disabilities Conference on May 23, 2022.
Allene M. Jackson Award
The Allene M. Jackson Award, originated in 2003, named after AADD's founding Executive Director, Allene M. Jackson, who led the agency from 1989 to 1995. This award is given to a direct care staff who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in their work with a person or persons who are at least 50 years of age and have a developmental disability.
2023 will mark the 20th anniversary of presenting this award. AADD commends our past award winners for their commitment to the field of aging with developmental disabilities.
Below is a list of past awardees:
- Dick Mintzlaff 2003
- Jim Loughlin 2004
- Ed Nieman 2005
- David Hoehler 2006
- Linda Craig 2007
- Barbara Linzie 2008
- Patricia Dressel 2009
- Twin Cities CSS Staff 2010
- Adrianne Bell 2011
- Sharon Hales 2012
- Lois Davis 2013
- Nancy Huett 2014
- Rhonda Juntti 2015
- Billie Barrett 2016
- James Beeler 2017
- Je'Re Snyder 2018
- Jessie Hautly 2019
- Seth Buehnerkemper 2021
- Elexis Dorsey 2022
Allene M. Jackson Award Nomination Form
Dr. John E. Morley Award
The Dr. John E. Morley Award, originated in 2017, is named after the inaugural recipient, Dr. John E. Morley. Dr. Morley is one of the nation's foremost authorities on geriatrics, receiving his medical degree from University of the Witwatersrand. Since 1989, he has been a Dammert Professor of Gerontology and Director for the Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine at Saint Louis University Medical Center. He has also been the Director of the Division of Endocrinology at Saint Louis University Medical Center since 2006.
The Dr. John E. Morley award is given in honor of individuals who show commitment and leadership in reducing barriers and/or creating new opportunities for persons who are at least 50 years of age and have a developmental disability. Eligible recipients are doctors, nurses, social workers, administrators, and management professionals who have followed in Dr. Morley’s path in opening doors for this population.
2022 marks the 5th anniversary of presenting this award. AADD commends our past award winners for their commitment to the field of aging with developmental disabilities.
Below is a list of past awardees:
- Dr. John E. Morley 2017
- Jacqueline Fernald 2018
- Amanda George 2019
- Dr. Craig Escude 2021
- Marla Berg-Weger 2022