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American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities recognizes Human Development and Family Science graduate student and Nutritional Sciences undergraduate student

One Human Development and Family Science graduate student and one Nutritional Sciences undergraduate student recently received honors at the 2018 American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) conference in St Louis, Missouri in June. 

Maggie Jones, an undergraduate Nutritional Sciences student received a Region V Membership Scholarship for her paper, “Examination of factors contributing to increased risk of nutrition-related disorders in adults with intellectual disability.”

Josie Blosser, a master’s student in the marriage and family therapy program, in collaboration with Emily Tucker received a Region V Membership Scholarship for her poster presentation, “REAL CommUNIty: Creating opportunities for friendship”.

Kami Gallus, HDFS associate professor and Jennifer Jones, HDFS assistant professor, created the IDD Network at OSU to promote research education and community engage among individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“Dr. Jones and I are extremely proud of Maggie & Josie and the work they are doing to advance the field and improve the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disability” Gallus said. “It was great to see their commitment and hard work acknowledged through the receipt of an AAIDD scholarship.”

AAIDD is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization of professionals and citizens focused on intellectual and developmental disabilities. Membership in the organization totals more than 5,000 people across the United States and in 55 countries worldwide. AAIDD’s mission is to promote progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Jones and Gallus Deinstitutionalization Research Featured in National Venues

Professors Jennifer Jones and Kami Gallus were featured in a podcast discussing the results of their interviews with family members who initially opposed the transition out of an institution into community living for their relative with IDD. They discuss the six factors that were most important to family members in changing their attitudes toward their relative’s new life.

Additionally, their research was featured as a top story in Disability Scoop.

Richardson Wins College of Human Sciences 3MT Presentation Competition

In February 2016, Natalie Richardson, a Human Development and Family Science master’s student in Marriage and Family Therapy received first place as well as the People’s Choice Award for her Three Minute Thesis (3MT) presentation, “Families and Intellectual and Developmental Disability: Understanding Risk and Resilience Across the Lifespan”. The goal of 3MT is to train students to present an oration on their research, and its relevance to a non-specialist, but educated audience.