ounded in 2013 by Joseph Mathew, Ph.D, the American Center for Intellectual and Diverse Disorders (ACIDD) is the beginning of a dream to recover the mental health of millions of Americans who have serious and persistent mental illness. It particularly focuses on the 35% of people who have Intellectual Disability and co-occurring Mental Disorders in the US. For 20 years, Dr. Mathew managed another non-profit organization for individuals with Developmental Disabilities in Maryland. He had founded and headed Center for Social Change (CSC) since 1993 until he launched ACIDD in 2013 for people with co-occurring Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities and Mental Disorders. ACIDD challenges many traditional ways of service. It questions many of Dr. Mathew’s adversaries in the field for new thinking. ACIDD promotes mental health services to individuals that have the “other dual diagnosis” of Intellectual Disability.
ACIDD has an experienced, voluntary Board of Directors that have previous experience of working with individuals with diverse disorders. It is a tax-exempt organization with 501(c)3 status in the US. ACIDD organizes educational seminars, conferences, workshops and training to bring awareness among people about mental health issues.
ACIDD embraces all minds, and empowers people with mental illness.