​Arnold​ J. Capute Award

The Arnold J. Capute Award is presented annually at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition to recognize an AAP Fellow for notable contributions to the field of children with disabilities.

Arnold J. Capute, MD, FAAP (1923-2003) was a professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University. He was the recipient of the first Arnold J. Capute Professorship in Developmental Disabilities at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and has been credited by many as one of the founding fathers of the field of developmental pediatrics and neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Dr. Capute was director of the first training program in developmental pediatrics and trained the majority of the pediatricians in this field. Dr. Capute received numerous awards for both teaching and achievement, serving as testimony to the significance of his work at national and international levels.

Dr. Capute became a member of the AAP in 1953 and served on the Committee on Child Development as well as the Section on Children with Disabilities Executive Committee. In 2000, the Section on Children with Disabilities (now the Council on Children with Disabilities) established and presented the first Arnold J. ​Capute award.

A call for nominations for the Arnold ​J. Capute award is conducted every spring through the Council on Children with Disabilities members-only email distribution list. Nominators must be Council on Children with Disabilities members.

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