Celia S. Feinstein, executive director of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University's College of Education, has received the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities' (AAIDD) 2020 Service to the Field Award.

The AAIDD was established in 1876 and is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization of professionals and others concerned about intellectual and developmental disabilities. With membership over 5,000 in the United States and in 55 countries worldwide, AAIDD is the leader in advocating quality of life and rights for those with intellectual disabilities.

AAIDD's annual Service to the Field Award recognizes individuals for their significant "contributions to improved service to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities."

"I'm most appreciative to AAIDD for this award. I have dedicated my career to working with and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families, to improve their lives and the lives of others," Feinstein says.

Recently, Feinstein announced that she is stepping down from her position as executive director of the Institute. After decades of work, her legacy at the Institute, at Temple University and throughout the disability community will live on for years to come.

"I hope this acknowledgment will inspire the next generation of research and service professionals to work toward that same goal."

The award will be presented to Feinstein during AAIDD's annual conference in June.

To learn more about the Institute on Disabilities, visit its website