We are proud to announce that our board member Nancy Weiss was recently honored in the publication 2020 National Honors Recognizing Significant Contributions in the Field of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the U.S. by the National Historic Recognition Project. She was selected based on “having made an overall contribution through service and advocacy” to the field.

In addition to serving on the board of the Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports, Nancy Weiss is a member of the faculty of the College of Health Sciences and Director of the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities, both at the University of Delaware. In her roles at the University of Delaware, Ms. Weiss has facilitated numerous training institutes for the next generation of leaders in the field of IDD.

For more than 10 years, Ms. Weiss spearheaded the efforts of national partner organizations to end the use of aversive procedures on people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The 2020 ban on electric shock devices used for behavior control by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is directly attributable to her advocacy efforts.

Weiss has more than 40 years of experience in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. She was the former Executive Director of TASH, an international advocacy association committed to the full inclusion of people with disabilities. She earned a master’s degree in social work from
Virginia Commonwealth University.