IASSIDD

International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

IASSIDD Council

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Professor Vianne Timmons
President, 2012-2016


BACKGROUND

The International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 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. IASSIDD has official relations with the World Health Organization


VISION

A world where people with intellectual and developmental disabilities live fulfilling and healthy lives, as valued members of their communities, and where they experience the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms as articulated in United Nations conventions.

MISSION

To promote the development of new knowledge, research and other scholarly activities, as well as the application of knowledge, to improve the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and those who support them.

VALUES

  • Respect for the inherent dignity of all people regardless of disability, age, gender and ethnicity
  • Openness and tolerance for differences in people, practices and cultures
  • The right of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, advocates and communities to contribute to the research agenda, research processes, and to have access to research findings in a meaningful way
  • The importance of scientific integrity and methodological rigour in research, within an ethical framework
  • The importance of policy, practice and education being informed by scientific evidence

AIMS

To:

  • Enable international collaboration and leadership in research
  • Encourage a perspective that takes into account the interests, human rights and fundamental freedoms of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and those who support them throughout the world.
  • Stimulate high quality and innovative research encompassing interdisciplinary interests and methodological diversity.
  • Engage in worldwide exchange of evidence-based knowledge with relevant stakeholders. This activity includes, but is not limited to, the organisation of congresses, conferences, roundtables, and workshops, and the publication of journals, a website and newsletters.

WORLD AND REGIONAL CONGRESSES

IASSIDD sponsors regular World and Regional Conferences.

A full listing of IASSIDD World Congresses can be found here.
Pictures of previous World and Regional Congresses can be found here.


MEMBERSHIP

Privileges of membership include reduced rates at IASSIDD events, participation in up to five Special Interest Research Groups (SIRGs), free subscription to the Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities and reduced-rate subscription to the Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. MEMBERSHIP RATES

The views expressed by individual and organizational members do not necessarily represent the views of IASSIDD.