Mission Statement

The Special Interest Research Group on Comparative Policy and Practice exists to further the planning, coordinating and conducting of activities relevant to all aspects of comparative policy and practice in the field of intellectual disabilities. Its mission is to

  1. Provide a focus for the worldwide exchange and dissemination of research comparing policy and practice in intellectual disability.
  2. Promote cross-national, multidisciplinary collaboration in comparative policy and practice, with the aim of improving the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, their families and carers, throughout the world.
  3. Serve as a medium for deliberation, exchange of ideas, knowledge, skills and experience and for compilation, publication and dissemination of information about comparative policy and practice in intellectual disability.

Bylaws

The bylaws of the Comparative Policy and Practice SIRG can be viewed at this link: Bylaws


Membership

All members of the IASSIDD are eligible to join the CPP-SIRG. People interested in joining the SIRG are invited to contact Julie Beadle-Brown at the address below.

Contact
Julie Beadle-Brown

Tizard Centre, University of Kent at Canterbury, Woodlands, Giles Lane, Canterbury CT2 7LR, UK

Email [email protected]

Documents and Publications

Position Statement

Deinstitutionalisation and community living
-Jim Mansell and Julie Beadle-Brown with members of the Special Interest Research Group on Comparative Policy and Practice

Events

2013

Developing community based support for people with intellectual disability: Working in partnership to achieve change
This conference will be organised jointly by the IASSIDD Special Interest Research Group on Comparative Policy and Practice and Charles University Prague as part of the QUALI-TYDES Czech Research Foundation project (No. P407/11).
Conference support and organisation by IASSID and SPMP

  • Date: Friday 15th November 2013 (Please note change of date from the original announcement due to venue restrictions)
  • Venue: Hotel Olsanka, Prague, Czech Republic

SIRG Roundtable Saturday 16th November 2013: The Prague conference will be followed by a Comparative Policy and Practice Special Interest Research group roundtable on Saturday 16th November 09 30 til 1400. The primary purpose of this meeting will be to discuss the content of the papers for the Special Issue on Policies for a Good Life in the Community and to discuss future activities of the SIRG. A brief general meeting will also be held. Further infromation on the programme will be made available here soon.


2012

At the IASSIDD World Congress in Halifax, we had a joint discussion with members of the Quality of Life and Ageing SIRGs. This discussion focused on draft papers prepared and circulated prior to the event by Ivan Brown, Chris Bigby, David Felce and Julie Beadle-Brown and related to the Policies for a good Life in the Community programme of work that had initially been agreed in Rome and then advance at a symposium discussion held in Iceland at the NNDR Conference.  The papers focused on:

  • Rekindling the ideological drive
  • Establishing the evidence base for models of community based provision
  • Mapping the situation for people with Intellectual Disabilities: building on the DECLOC report,
  • Unraveling the cost effectiveness discourse

Prior to the event, SIRG members helped to complete templates for their countries about the situation of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Attendance at the discussion was good and the discussion was very fruitful and will be used to revise the papers with the aim of compiling a special issue for a journal.

Executive

Chair

Michael Brown
Edinburgh Napier University, Room 3. B 16 Sighthill Campus, Sighthill Court, Edinburgh, EH11 4BU
E-Mail [email protected]

Vice chair

TBD

Secretary/Treasurer

Christine Linehan
F208 Newman Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
Email: [email protected]

Past-Chair:

Julie Beadle-Brown,
Tizard Centre, University of Kent , Woodlands, Giles Lane, Canterbury CT2 7LR
Email: [email protected]

Ordinary members

  • Chris Bigby
    Department of Social Work and Social Policy, LaTrobe University, Bundoora 3086, Victoria, Australia.
    Email: [email protected]
  • Virginie Cobigo
    School of Psychology, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada
    E-mail: [email protected]uottawa.ca
  • Jan Siska
    Charles University, Faculty of Education, M.D. Rettigové 4, 116 39, Prague 116 39, Czech Republic.
    Email: [email protected]
  • Jan Tøssebro
    Department of Social Work and Health Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences and Technology Management, Norwegian University of Science and Technology Dragvoll, block 11, level 5, room 11 543, N-7491 Trondheim, Norway
    E-mail: [email protected]
  • Mary-Ann O’Donovan (Ireland)
  • Valerie Bradley (USA)
  • Masauso Chirwa (Africa)

International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) 

The International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) is the first and only world-wide group dedicated to the scientific study of intellectual disability.

Founded in 1964 as the International Association for the Scientific Study of Mental Deficiency, IASSIDD is an international, interdisciplinary and scientific non-governmental organization which promotes worldwide research and exchange of information on intellectual disabilities.

Office

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