GGC's Stevenson Honored by Intellectual Disability Group

Stevenson(November 7, 2011) Dr. Roger Stevenson, Co-founder and former Director of the Greenwood Genetic Center (GGC), was named as recipient of the 2011 Professional Service Award by the South Carolina Chapter of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) at their annual fall conference in Columbia. AAIDD is a national organization of professionals committed to supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Professional Service Award is given annually to honor excellence in research, education, program management or advocacy on behalf of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Individuals who have enhanced the understanding of intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, provided innovate ways to offer support, or effectively advanced advocacy efforts at the state or local level may be nominated.

Stevenson has made enormous contributions to patients and families with genetic disorders and to the field of genetic medicine. He has focused largely on unraveling the causes of birth defects and developmental impairments. He has published more than 180 papers describing more than 20 intellectual disability syndromes, written two editions of the textbook The Fetus and Newly Born Infant: Influences of the Prenatal Environment and co-authored the definitive text on X-linked intellectual disability. In 1974, Stevenson co-founded the Greenwood Genetic Center and helped build it into an internationally respected nonprofit organization that advances medical genetics research and cares for families affected by genetic disease and birth defects.

"Certainly Dr. Stevenson's work in establishing the Greenwood Genetic Center, his research efforts, and subsequent increase in our understanding of causes of intellectual and developmental disabilities is worthy of recognition," said Renee Staggs, Chairperson of the SC AAIDD's Executive Committee.

"Dr. Stevenson's achievements have been substantial in all aspects related to disabilities and special needs in South Carolina," explained Dr. Steve Skinner, Director of GGC. "For over 35 years GGC has provided clinical and diagnostic services to tens of thousands of clients throughout the state. All of this would not have been possible without the Dr. Stevenson's vision and energy and the compassion he has for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities."


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The South Carolina Chapter of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is a professional organization dedicated to the development of best practices and the facilitation of cooperation among persons engaged in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities and allied fields. We strive to offer quality opportunities for training and development of skills as well as recognition of those providing quality supports/services.

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