The Association has been in existence since June of 1989. Since that time we have been involved with influencing the standards of practice within the industry. We have a working relationship with the Department of Health and Welfare in formulation of regulations that are reasonable and still allow us to meet the needs of consumers. The Association has adopted a code of ethical standards that requires professional conduct on the part of its members. The Association also presents an annual conference for all service providers to bring them up to date on the latest technology in the field of Developmental Disabilities.