International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

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To fulfill its mission, the Special Interest Research Group on Parents and Parenting with Intellectual Disabilities initiates and coordinates a range of activities, including but not limited to:

1. Developing topic streams and symposia on parents and parenting with intellectual disabilities at regional and international IASSID conferences.

... Download a summary of the 4th IASSIDD Europe Congress Conference Presentations

... The IASSIDD Asia-Pacific conference will be held 13-16th November 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. On behalf of the Parenting SIRG, Dr Margaret Spencer and Dr Susan Collings have organized a symposium titled “Achieving Article 23” to be held at the IASSIDD Asia Pacific Regional Conference. The symposium will bring together international researchers to discuss progress toward achieving Article 23 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which aims to eliminate discrimination in relation to the rights of individuals with intellectual disability to pursue relationships and found a family. Professor Maurice Feldman, pre-eminent intellectual disability scholar with a well-established international reputation in the field of parenting with intellectual disability, will participate in the symposium along with researchers from Australia, Japan and the United States. In addition to this Symposium, six presentations were accepted and will represent our SIRG.

2. Evaluating and synthesising messages from research—and through a consensus building process-- developing authoritative position papers that define 'the state of the science' and identify important directions for future research. See:

IASSID Special Interest research Group on Parents and parenting with Intellectual Disabilities (2008). Parent labelled with intellectual disability: Position of the IASSID SIRG on parents and parenting with Intellectual Disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 21 (4), 296-307.

··· Download a copy of the 2008 position paper

To join the IASSID Special Interest Research Group on Parents and Parenting:

Membership is open to all registered IASSID members with an interest in any facet of research or application related to parents and parenting with intellectual disabilities. To become a member of the IASSID Special Interest Research Group on Parents and Parenting, you need to complete the IASSID membership registration form. On this registration form, check the box indicating that you would like to join the SIRG on Parents and Parenting with Intellectual Disabilities.