IASSIDD

International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

IASSIDD partners with ISEI

Dear All,

I am writing to let you know of some very good news. Last week I signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between IASSIDD and the International Society on Early Intervention (ISEI). This MOU was negotiated over the past year after we received a proposal from ISEI’s chairperson, Dr. Michael Guralnick, seeking a close working relationship between his organization and IASSIDD. The heart of the MOU calls for ISEI, which has over 3000 members worldwide, to form a SIRG on Early Intervention and to hold their periodic international meeting in conjunction with IASSIDD Regional and World Congresses. The MOU should have the ultimate effect of raising attendance at IASSIDD congresses and increasing IASSIDD individual memberships (and perhaps also Center memberships). Dr. Guralnick will continue to work with our immediate Past President, Dr. Vianne Timmons, to begin implementation of the MOU.

I am particularly excited about this new development because it creates a scientific home within IASSIDD for the many hundreds of scientists and practitioners working in the field of early intervention.Please keep your eyes open for communications regarding the formation of the EI SIRG over the next year or so.

Please accept my best wishes for a very happy holiday.

Yours truly,

Philip W. Davidson, Ph.D., IASSIDD President