International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Inclusive Education

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of the Inclusive Education SIRG is to provide opportunities for international networking between researchers and members of IASSIDD. In this way, we hope to create opportunities for sharing information, developing initiatives, identifying new colleagues and being visible to newcomers in the field. Through the Inclusive Education SIRG, groups of researchers in the field may easily collaborate on common themes of interests.

Consistent with UNESCO 2009 Policy Guidelines on Inclusion in Education, the SIRG understands and supports a, broad vision of inclusion, including students with a variety of learning challenges/differences, (including those with complex support needs), different sensory profiles, different ethnic, racial and socio-cultural backgrounds, etc., but the focus of the IASSIDD Inclusive Education SIRG centres around students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the inclusive classroom (although not entirely).

Mission Statement

The Inclusive Education SIRG has as its Mission Statement:

  • Provide a focus for the worldwide exchange and dissemination of research and practice, as well as networking, in the field of Inclusive Education.
  • Promote cross-national, multidisciplinary collaboration in the area of Inclusive Education. The ultimate aim of the group is to improve the quality of inclusive education and the quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their carers, and their families.

  • Provide a framework for the collation of information relating to the research interests, expertise, and publications of group members. Within the overall process of collaboration, the views and contributions of non-professionals, including people with intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities, their families and friends.

  • Recognize the integral role that educators, affiliated professionals and non-professionals, play in crafting effective inclusive education within schools, post-secondary institutions and communities. To that end, understands and underscores the importance of teacher education and inclusive education.

  • To continue to foster the practice, dialogue and research of Evidence Based Practice (EBP) instructional and assessment strategies within the Inclusive Classroom, while at the same time to

  • Embrace and foster a diversity of research methodologies that have as their common goal the advancement of Inclusive Education.


Dr. S. Anthony Thompson is a full professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada where he works in the field of Educational Psychology. He is broadly interested in inclusive practices, teacher education and Disability Studies in Education (DSE). Dr. S Anthony has conducted a three-year SSHRC-funded project with Dr. Lynn Aylward from Acadia University, where they investigated teacher education as informed by members of the self-advocacy group, People First. Dr. Vianne Timmons and Dr. Thompson were co-chairs of the Education Research Group of another multi-year SSHRC-funded project “The Canadian Disability Policy Alliance.” At this time, Dr. Thompson is a member of the Canadian Research Centre on Inclusive Education a pan-Canadian research team, headed by Dr. Jacqueline Specht. Currently, this group is researching “The Development of Inclusive Educational Practices for Beginning Teachers” which is also funded through an Insight SSHRC Grant.

Co- Chair: Dr. Scott Anthony is so pleased to be part of the inaugural leadership group of the Inclusive Education SIRG of the International Society of the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IASSIDD), along with Dr. Deirdre Corby and Dr. Tobias Buchner.

email: Scott.Thompson@uregina.ca

Co- Chairperson

Dr. Tobias Buchner currently holds a position as senior researcher at queraum.cultural and social research in Vienna, Austria. His main research interests are inclusive education, learning biographies and inclusive research. Along with colleagues, Buchner has published in well known international journals, such as „European Journal of Special Educational Needs“, „Reseach Papers in Education“ and „ALTER“. He is co-editor of the handbook of inclusive research in German speaking countries, „Inklusive Forschung - Gemeinsam mit Menschen mit Lernschwierigkeiten forschen“.

Buchner is member of the Austrian Monitoring Board of the UN-Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Before his academic career, he was Head of Lebenshilfe Academy Austria, the unit responsible for staff training and innovation of Austria´s largest service provider for persons with intellectual disabilities.

Dr. Tobias Buchner is part of the inaugural leadership group of the Inclusive Education SIRG of the International Society of the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IASSIDD).

email: tobias.buchner@univie.ac.at


Dr. Deirdre Corby, Secretary/Treasurer: Inclusive Education SIRG, is an Assistant Professor and Programme Chair: MSc in Nursing and Health Care Practice in the Faculty of Science and Health, School of Nursing & Human Sciences, Dublin City University, Ireland. Deirdre has a PhD from Ulster University, Northern Ireland (June 2016). The study was entitled: Experiences in post-secondary and higher education: a hermeneutic interpretation of the narratives of people with intellectual disability. A registered nurse in intellectual disabilities (RNID) she is interested in all areas of research that support improving the quality of life for people with intellectual disability.

Dr. Deirdre Corby is part of the inaugural leadership group of the Inclusive Education SIRG of the International Society of the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IASSIDD).

email: deirdre.corby@dcu.ie