International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Academy - What We Do

International Visits Program


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.

International Visits Program

International visits to host organizations are a member benefit available to IASSIDD members. The purpose of these visits is for the host organization to offer a teaching and learning opportunity for the visitor or visitors. The following organizations have kindly agreed to host international visits. The host organization may assist in organizing accommodation and may offer assistance in planning the visit but the responsibility for all travel and accommodation lies with the visitor. Please contact the host organization to arrange visits.

What can you do in the Academy?

Suggest or organize an Academy event.

Individual members, SIRGs, organizational members of IASSIDD, or any organizations that includes an IASSIDD member may suggest or organize an Academy event. To do so, follow these steps. You may select from:

Volunteer to lead an Academy event.

Contact Ivan Brown ivan.brown@utoronto.ca to volunteer to lead an Academy event.

Contact Angela Hassiotis a.hassiotis@ucl.ac.uk to be considered for the volunteer faculty list.

• Become a Partner Organization.

Academy Partner Organizations collaborate with the Academy to plan and carry out one or more activities each year.

• Become a Host Organization

International Visits Program

Become a supporting organization.

The Academy is very grateful to organizations in numerous countries for supporting the Academy's work ·since 2006. To become a sponsor, click here.