The AAP Council on Children with Disabilities (COCWD) is comprised of over 600 members—neurodevelopmental pediatricians, developmental and behavioral pediatricians, geneticists, neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, physical medical and rehabilitation pediatricians, and general pediatricians—who care for or have an interest in children and youth with disabilities and special health care needs. The COCWD is also the home of the Autism Subcommittee and is responsible for all autism initiatives undertaken via the Academy.
Optimal health, function, and development of children and youth with disabilities—in partnership with their families, providers, and communities—in all settings.
Develop clinical guidance for the optimal care of children and youth with disabilities and support implementation.
Educate pediatricians who care for children and youth with disabilities.
Provide expertise and advocacy on local and national issues related to children and youth with disabilities.
Create collaborations with partner organizations.
Provide opportunities for COCWD members to actively engage in all the above.
Message from the Chairperson
Welcome to the COCWD Web site! COCWD members are involved in advocacy, education, research and clinical care for children with disabilities. We have a broad range of backgrounds and expertise, including primary and specialty care, but we are brought together by our common desire to improve the care for children with disabilities and special health care needs.
One-fifth of children – and growing – have a special health care need or disability. The health and wellbeing of children with disabilities are particularly impacted by state and federal programs, practice transformation, and family partnerships across the care continuum. More than ever, it is crucial for us to ensure that children with disabilities and special health care needs are provided resources and programs to thrive.
Our Council's work consists of clinical reports; educational sessions – both at the National Conference and Exhibition and by webinar; advocacy on the state and federal level; and mentoring for trainees and early career physicians. As a Council member, you get the latest news and information about programs and projects that focus on children with disabilities. You also become part of a broad network of pediatricians who provide care for children who are among the most vulnerable. We are always looking for new and active members to join!
Dennis Z Kuo, MD, MHS, FAAP
Chairperson, Council on Children with Disabilities