International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Academy - Who we are

What is the Academy

The IASSIDD Academy on Education, Teaching and Research was established in 2006 by the IASSID Council. For a brief history of the Academy, click here.

Mission:To set up and to provide education and training experiences in the form of workshops, courses, seminars, and lectures. The Academy may also offer hands-on consultation.

The Academy particularly strives to:

  • Further the knowledge of disability professionals around the world.
  • Address the education and training needs of disability professionals and organizations in less affuent countries.
  • Assist disability professionals to apply research and scientific knowledge to their policies and services, and to the lives of individuals and families they support.
  • Foster capacity for research, generating knowledge, and developing research-based policy and practice.

Who attends Academy events? Disability professionals and students who work full-time and directly in the field, and those whose work sometimes includes people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, attend Academy events. Some of the disability professionals who attend are rehabilitation and direct support personnel, service managers, government and other policy makers, teachers, speech and language therapists, behavior therapists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, pediatricians, general practitioners, neurologists, psychiatrists, dentists, academics, and researchers.

The governance of the Academy rests with its Board and a Director, who is responsible for making recommendations to the Board and for carrying out the day-to-day arrangements. Appointments to the Academy Board are made by the IASSIDD Council, on the recommendation of the Academy's Director after consultation with the SIRG Co-ordinator.

Persons proposed for appointment to the Academy Board are recognized for their leadership in research and education and agree to commit the time to actively participate in the Academy's governance, strategic planning, curriculum development, and review processes.

Academy Board Members

  • Colleen Adnams
  • Julie Beadle-Brown
  • Ivan Brown
  • Roy Brown
  • Meaghan Edwards
  • Rhonda Faragher
  • Angela Hassiotis
  • Matthew (Matt) Janicki
  • Marco Lombardi
  • Bea Maes
  • Jane McCarthy
  • Kenneth Poon
  • Lisa Wang

Executive Committee

  • Ivan Brown - Director
  • Matthew (Matt) Janicki - Associate Director (Financial Management)
  • Angela Hassiotis - Association Direcctor (Curriculum & Media Development)
  • Meaghan Edwards- Secretary
  • Roy Brown -Past Director

Main Academy contact

Ivan Brown, Director ivan.brown@utoronto.ca

Brief bio & Brief CV

Tribute to Roy Brown


Prof. Roy I. Brown served as the founding director of the IASSIDD Academy from its inception in 2006 until December 31, 2013. Prof. Brown is Professor Emeritus at the University of Calgary, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia, and as well as an Adjunct Professor at the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria (British Columbia) and formerly at the University of New England, Australia. He was Foundation Professor and Dean of School of Special Education and Disability Studies at the Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. Through practice, research, writing, and teaching, he has developed programs in the field of disabilities. He has worked in several countries, including consulting to UNESCO in South East Asia. He is a leading author in the area of family quality of life and rehabilitation research.

IASSIDD Academy Board Meeting Schedule

The most recent Academy Board Meeting took place in Bangkok, Thailand on November 16, 2017.

Minutes of Bangkok meeting November 16, 2017.

Minutes of Melbourne meeting August 18th, 2016.

The next in-person meeting will be held in Athens, Greece, July 18, 2017 at 8 am.