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Ability Beyond Employee Appointed as Vice President for the Gerontology Division of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

September 14, 2014

Nicole Cadovius, Director of Connecticut Residential Services at Ability Beyond, has recently been appointed as the Vice President for the Gerontology Division of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD).

Ms. Cadovius brings over 20 years of expertise in providing quality programming for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, aging, and those requiring medical and behavioral supports.  As Vice President of the Gerontology Division for AAIDD her focus will be coordinating an Aging Symposium for AAIDD’s 139th Annual Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky as well as assisting with division duties.  Ms. Cadovius is also currently serving the second half of her term as President for the Connecticut Chapter of AAIDD.

The goals of AAIDD are to enhance the capacity of professionals who work with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to participate in the development of a society that fully includes individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and to build an effective, responsive, well managed, responsibly-governed, and sustainable organization.

“I am honored and excited to serve as Vice President of the Gerontology Division of AAIDD,” says Nicole Cadovius, Director of CT Residential Services at Ability Beyond. “AAIDD is a wonderful organization whose mission is to promote progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  For the first time in our history the population demographics are significantly shifting as next year there will be more people living in this country over the age of 65 than those 15 and under.  Life expectancy for individuals with I/DD has also significantly increased to closely mirror that of the general population.  As individuals with I/DD age, symptoms of aging occur much earlier in the life span than for individual in the general population which brings a wide range of program, research , and policy opportunities.”

Ms. Cadovius is also a Region X (New England, NY, and Eastern Canada) Board Member. Ms. Cadovius has been involved with AAIDD for over 7 years, currently serving the second half of her term as President for the Connecticut Chapter of AAIDD and participating in the AAIDD Delegation to Norway in 2013. She was also responsible for organizing and hosting a technology conference that was held at Ability Beyond in September 2012. The conference was co-hosted with CT AAIDD and the Department of Developmental Services called “Doing more with Less” a conference that focused on cutting edge technology supports for health and wellness, assistive, and environmental technology. Ms. Cadovius co- presented  “A Home For All Of Us” and focused on Ability Beyond’s reconfiguration project. Additionally, Ms. Cadovius has presented at  the American Society on Aging(ASA) Aging in America National Conference in 2014,2013,2012,2011, and written an article for the Gerontology Division Newsletter for AAIDD, and ASA-NEST –Network on Environments, Supports and Technologies speaking to the aging challenges and reconfiguration ideas.

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