International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Upcoming Conferences

5th IASSIDD Europe Congress Diversity & Belonging: Celebrating Difference

5th IASSIDD Europe Congress Diversity & Belonging: Celebrating Difference

July 17 - July 20, 2018

More information and registration here


Abstract overviews per track (pdf)

Track 1 Inclusion & Belonging
Track 2 Collaborative Research
Track 3 Family QoL
Track 4 Arts & Representati
Track 5 History & Rights
Track 6 Inclusive education
Track 7 Health and Behavioural
Track 8 Policy & Practice
Track 9 Living with Disabilities
Track 10 Parenting & Other

Athens programme per day (pdf)

Tuesday July 17th
Wednsday July 18th
Thursday July 19th
Friday July 20th

IASSIDD Business meetings (pdf)

Celebrating difference: the Inclusive Booklet

At the 5th IASSIDD Europe Congress “Diversity & Belonging” We will not only embrace difference, we will celebrate it!
This means we have done everything within our power to not only create physical accessibility, but also non-physical accessibility. In order to do so, a small team got inspired by the book of the Disability Studies International Conference 2017 in Amsterdam.

Therefor we hereby present: The inclusive booklet for the 5th IASSIDD Europe Congress “Diversity & Belonging”. This book promotes the accessible workshops, roundtables and cultural program and works as an accessible “guide” throughout the conference.

Let’s celebrate difference together!

Sofie Sergeant

*Disability Studies in Nederland, NL.

Thomas Doukas

*Choice Support, GB

*Citizen Network International

Noëlle van den Heuvel

*Disability Studies in Nederland, NL

Registration to the conference

Registration is now open until July 16th.

NB! To register to the conference you need to login, or start with creating an account.

Registration fees for Athens conference (pdf). All fees in USD.

Special offers for members: Register 3 and get one free!

We want to support the participation of students and self-advocates at the conference. Members who bring an additional 3 members eligible for the reduced registration fee only pay for themselves and 2 additional people. Please use this great opportunity to bring new people into IASSIDD!

Read more: Special offer for members: Register 3 and get one free! (pdf)

Become a member

Any person or organization who subscribes to the aims and objectives of IASSIDD is eligible to join as a member. Reduced rate is available to full-time students, individuals or organizations from LAMI-countries (according to the list of the world bank) and individuals how are eligible for financial or social benefits/allowances in their countries or holders of a variety of concession grants/cards.

To become an IASSIDD member click here. Please note: The IASSIDD-D membership does NOT give reduced conference fee.


A limited number of rooms have been pre-booked at the conference hotel Divani Caravel hotel. Cost for double rooms is 160 euros per night including breakfast. Click here to book room at Hotel Divani
On the top right people can chose their own language to complete the reservation.


Cancelation policy

Registration and room fees will be refunded (less a $US75 administrative fee) for cancellations received in writing no later than May 31st. After May 31st, registration fees are transferable but not refundable.

After May 31st we are not able to refund room charges.


One of the conference sponsor is MK Prosopsis, please visist their website.
MK Prosopsis Ltd is a revolutionary company based in Cyprus, which aims to enrich the disability field with the very best Αssistive Τechnology products for children and adults.


Keynote speakers

We are proud to announce Prof. Angela Hassiotis, Prof. Geert Van Hove, Prof. Petri Embregts, Senior Lecturer Katrina Scior and Dr. Katerina Papanikolaou and Dr. Theodora Asteri as keynote speakers at the congress.

Angela Hassiotisis a professor of Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability at UCL and a Consultant Psychiatrist at the Camden Learning Disability Service/Camden and Islington Foundation Trust.
Title: Feeling at home: a mental health research agenda for and with people with intellectual developmental disabilities and their families.

Geert Van Hove is a full professor and Head of the Department of Special Needs Education at Ghent University.

Title: Disability Studies and citizens with a label of ‘intellectual disability’: how do we tackle some prominent questions concerning Diversity & Belonging.

Petri Embregts is a full professor at the Department of Tranzo (Scientific center for care and welfare) at Tilburg University (The Netherlands) and program leader of the Academic Collaborative Center Living with an Intellectual Disability (empowerment, self-determination, social networks, staff interventions).

Title: Feeling connected, being autonomous. Self-determination is an essential dimension of quality of life. To develop self-determination, autonomy-supportive environments are crucial. This presentation aims to provide more insight in the level of (relational) autonomy and self-determination experienced by people with intellectual disabilities themselves related to the support from formal and informal networks.

Katrina Scior is Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at University College London (UCL) ad Director of the UCL Unit for Stigma Research.

Title: Exclusion vs belonging within diverse communities

Dr. Katerina Papanikolaou University of Athens, will speak about Living with autism: perceived needs and strength-based strategies implemented by families.
She will address the support and strategies that parents can implement, and how caring for an autistic child and managing their professional care can affect family quality of life. She will illustrate this from her experience with Greek families.

Dr. Katerina Papanikolaou

Title: Living with Autism: Perceived Needs and Strength-Based Strategies Implemented by FamiliesDiscussant

Dr. Theodora Asteri

Title: Celebrating Difference at School in Greece: How Can Individual Educational Planning Be Used as a Mainstreaming Tool?