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May 10, 2019

National Healthcare Conference on Improving Healthcare for People with Disabilities Starts Today in Rochester
Joseph Shapiro NPR News Investigations Correspondent is
a Keynote Speaker -- 50+ panel discussions & workshops
Rochester, NY May 10, 2019 The 2019 American Academy of Developmental Medicine & Dentistry (AADMD) One Voice for Inclusive Health Conference starts today, Friday, May 10 to 12 in Rochester, bringing together around 300 industry leaders and intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) professionals from the U.S. and Canada.

According to the U.S. General Accountability Office, adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities continue to experience unnecessary deaths due to poor healthcare. AADMD wants to change this.
The conference is being hosted by the AADMD and the Golisano Foundation, the nation’s largest foundation dedicated exclusively to helping people with IDD.

Rochester is a model center for innovative services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Conference is being held at the Hyatt Regency Rochester. Attendees will hear from top keynote speakers, meet companies paving the way for inclusive health, participate in more than 50 topical panel discussions, workshops and breakout sessions and network with medical professionals dedicated to inclusive healthcare.
Featured speakers include:

  • Award-winning investigative journalist - Joseph Shapiro of NPR, whose recent series reported that people with intellectual disabilities are victims of some of the highest rates of sexual assault.
  • Chairman of the National Council on Disability - Neil Romano
  • CEO of Special Olympics - Mary Davis
  • Executive Director of the Golisano Foundation - Ann Costello
  • Commissioner of the NYS Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities - Theodore A. Kastner, MD, MS
  • U.S. Representative Joseph Morelle from New York’s 25th Congressional District
  • Positive Exposure founder Rick Guidotti
Dr. Stephen Sulkes , President of the AADMD and Professor of Pediatrics at Golisano Children’s Hospital in Rochester, says, “Our dynamic program will be drawing key leaders from across the country to discuss the health disparity facing people with IDD and to create a strategy to change this. We hope that our meeting in Rochester, inspired by the legacies of Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, and David Satcher, will unleash the same passion and commitment.”
Registration & More Information
Registration is required for entrance to the conference. Conference fees range from $130 to $600. Discounts are offered for AADMD members. Register online at

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The conference will be offered for CME, CDE, and Nursing credit. Other professionals may receive certificates for CME or CDE and submit them to their professional bodies. Often these are recognized for purposes of continuing education credit.  
Founded in 2002, AADMD is a non-profit organization of interdisciplinary medical professionals committed to improving the quality of healthcare for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). American Academy of Developmental Medicine & Dentistry (AADMD) is a non-profit organization of interdisciplinary medical professionals including physicians, dentists, optometrists, neurologists and other clinicians committed to improving the quality of healthcare for people with IDD. 

Since 2002, the AADMD has connected clinicians across the world and prepared them to face the unique challenges in caring for people with IDD. The organization provides curriculum to schools, IDD training for clinicians and specialized information to families and caretakers in language that is easy to understand. Above all, AADMD aims to make sure that no person with IDD is left without access to quality health services.

About Tom Golisano and the Golisano Foundation
B. Thomas Golisano — entrepreneur, philanthropist, and civic leader — is the founder and chairman of the Board of  Paychex, Inc. , headquartered in Rochester, New York. Mr. Golisano has demonstrated an ongoing dedication and commitment to a variety of civic issues and organizations. In 1985 he launched his first philanthropic endeavor by establishing the Golisano Foundation , which awards grants to organizations providing opportunities for those with intellectual disabilities. His personal philanthropic contributions to hospitals, educational institutions and other organizations have totaled approximately $300 million.

The Golisano Foundation is now one of the largest private foundations in the nation devoted exclusively to opening doors to opportunity, changing negative perceptions and stereotypes, and forging unprecedented partnerships to ensure individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have pathways to personal dignity, independence and the best possible expression of their abilities and talents throughout their life times. With more than $40 million in gross assets, it has awarded more than $24 million in  grants , about $2 million annually, to non-profit organizations in  Western NY and New York's Finger Lakes Region and Southwest Florida .

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