Get involved in the Academy
1. Organize and host a workshop, speech or consultation.
The 6th IASSIDD Europe Congress will be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, July 6-8. 2021. This is a hybrid event, meaning participants may attend in person or virtually. Abstract submission is now open.
Theme: Value Diversity
Academy workshops: To plan an Academy workshop, contact Prof. Angela Hassiotis: email@example.com
Inquiries about hosting a workshop, lecture, or course:
Ivan Brown, Academy Director
Inquiries concerning pre-congress workshops:
Angela Hossiotis, Associate Director
Inquiries concerning international visits program:
Other general inquiries:
The Academy office — Attn: Ivan Brown, Academy Director
IASSIDD Academy Board meeting schedule
The 2020 meeting will be held via Zoom. Date to be announced.
The most recent in-person Academy Board Meeting took place in Glasgow, Scotland on August 7, 2019.
Annual Financial and Activities Reports
2019 – Coming soon
Tributes to Founders of the Academy
Three IADDIDD members stand out among the many supporters of establishing the IASSIDD Academy: Giorgio Albertini, Matthew Janicki, and Roy Brown. As described by Matthew Janicki, Giorgio was the conceptualizer, Matthew was the shepherd, and Roy was the executor. He also added that the brief tributes below highlight their most important contributions, but in practice there was much collaboration and overlap of roles.
As a member of IASSIDD Council, Giorgio Albertini proposed establishing a mechanism for educating and training international intellectual disability personnel, and for carrying out research internationally. Following a feasibility study, this idea resulted in the formation in 2006 of IASSIDD’s Academy on Education, Teaching, and Research. Dr. Albertini was a strong supporter, and frequently a benefactor, of the Academy’s work throughout the early years. The strength of his conceptual, organizational, and financial support for the Academy was no doubt a very significant factor in its early success.
Matthew P. Janicki
Matthew Janicki, as Treasurer of IASSIDD, worked closely with Giorgio Albertini in developing the concept of the Academy. He was asked to convene and chair a working party to vet the idea, examine its practicalities, and make recommendations to IASSIDD Council. The working party completed its extensive work in 2006, leading to the official formation of the Academy. From 2006 to 2019, Professor Janicki was highly active and effective as Associate Director of the Academy, where he organized numerous events—often presenting workshops himself—and managed the Academy’s finances and fundraising. The Academy’s successful growth owes much to his ongoing and energetic contributions.
Roy I. Brown
Roy Brown was invited by IASSIDD Council in 2006 to accept the position of first Director of the Academy, a role he served in until December 2013. During his tenure, Professor Brown engaged numerous volunteer faculty from the IASSIDD membership to conduct lectures, workshops, consultations, and courses in numerous countries of the world. With unremitting energy and expertise, often lecturing and leading workshops himself, he focused on engaging disability professionals and families in both affluent and less affluent countries, and presenting scholarly knowledge in ways that could be readily applied. Among his achievements, he successfully advocated for the Academy to have a seat on IASSIDD Council. Roy’s solid leadership established the Academy as a strong source of international practical education for IASSIDD.
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Academy Board Members
- Ivan Brown
- Angela Hassiotis
- Keith McVilly
- Roy Brown
- Meaghan Edwards
- Ken Poon
- Rhonda Faragher
- Michael Arthur-Kelly
- Marco Lombardi
- Maria Malbran
- Hemendra Mistry
- Patsey Prawley
- Gerda de Kuijper
- Su McAnelly
- Judith McKenzie
- John Rose