The AAP Council on Children with Disabilities (COCWD) is comprised of over 700 members—general pediatricians, neurodevelopmental pediatricians, developmental and behavioral pediatricians, geneticists, neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, physical medical and rehabilitation pediatricians, among others—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. The COCWD offers additional opportunities for membership engagement through additional subcommittees and workgroups, including those focused on education, membership, and equity, diversity, and inclusion.


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​.
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