SUPPORTING THE DIRECT SUPPORT WORKFORCE: TOWARD COMMUNITY LIVING AND PARTICIPATION
Amy Hewitt, Ph.D.
Amy Hewitt, PhD has an extensive background and work history in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities and has worked in various positions over the past 30 years to improve community inclusion and quality of life for children and adults with disabilities and their families. At the University of Minnesota she is the Director of the Research and Training Center on Community Living, Associate Director of Institute on Community Integration and the Associate Director for the MN LEND. She directs several federal and state research, evaluation and demonstration projects in the area of community services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism. She currently has research projects that focus on community living, autism, direct support workforce development, person centered planning/thinking and positive behavior support. She has authored and co-authored numerous journal articles, curriculum, technical reports, and she co-authored a book entitled, Staff Recruitment, Retention and Training. Dr. Hewitt is on the editorial board of Inclusion and a guest editor of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities both journals of the AAIDD. She is currently the President of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) and is on the Board of Directors for Arc Greater Twin Cities and Arc Minnesota. Dr. Hewitt earned a BS in political science and psychology at Indiana University; a Masters degree in social work at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis; and a PhD in social work at the University of Minnesota.