IASSIDD

International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Parenting with Intellectual Disabilities Main

Mission Statement

The Special Interest Research Group on Parents and Parenting with Intellectual Disabilities (SIRG/PID) was founded in 1996 at an international conference in Denmark which was organized by the Danish Ministry of Social Affairs and The EU Commission. The SIRG/PID was formally affiliated with IASSID in 2002.The mission of the Special Interest Research Group on Parents and Parenting with Intellectual Disabilities is:

  • To create opportunities for international and multidisciplinary networking between individuals and organisations with an interest in the topic of parents and parenting with intellectual disabilities.
  • To foster research and innovation that will advance knowledge and understanding of social
    barriers and effective supports for persons with intellectual disabilities in the parenting role.
  • To expose social and systemic discrimination against—and promote equalisation of opportunity for—parents with intellectual disabilities and their children, around the globe.
  • To facilitate the translation of knowledge from research into policies and practices that support persons with intellectual disabilities in the parenting role and enhance their children’s life chances

Guiding Principles


Executive

Elections are now held every three years to appoint the SIRG/PID executive committee. Active members nominate and vote for members before every International IASSIDD Congress. The Chair represents the Parenting SIRG on IASSIDD Council.

Chair

Marjorie Aunos, PhD
Scientist-Practitioner
Email: ninja.marj@gmail.com

Members for the Americas

  • David McConnell, PhD
    Professor and Director, Family and Disability Studies Initiative, University of Alberta, Canada
    Email: David.McConnell@ualberta.ca
  • Traci LaLiberte, Ph.D.
    Executive Director, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, University of Minnesota, USA
    Email: lali0017@umn.edu

Members for Europe

  • Hanna Björg Sigurjónsdóttir, PhD
    Assistant Professor and Assistant Director,Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Iceland
    Email: hbs@hi.is
  • Mikaela Starke
    Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
    Email: mikaela.starke@socwork.gu.se

Members for Asia and the Pacific

Members for Africa and the Middle East

There is currently no representation for Africa and the Middle East. Expressions of interest are welcome.


Contact Us

Marjorie Aunos, PhD
Scientist-Practitioner
Email: ninja.marj@gmail.com