The mission of the Special interest Research Group on Health is to promote physical health of people with an intellectual disability. This is done by formulating priorities for health care, research and training and by sharing ideas and results. The SIRG organizes annual roundtables in varying countries around specific themes, consisting of update lectures


The group has organised roundtables in:

  • Leiden, the Netherlands (1998)
  • Manchester, England (1999)
  • Seattle, US (2000) IASSIDD World Congress
  • Gothenburg, Sweden (2001)
  • Dublin, Ireland (2002)
  • Westchester, NY, US (2003)
  • Montpellier, France (2004) IASSIDD World Congress
  • Melbourne, Victoria, AU (2005) Combined Roundtable of the Health Issues and Mental Health SIRGs of IASSIDD.
  • Maastricht, Netherlands (2006) European IASSIDD Congress
  • Prato, Italy (2007)
  • Cape Town, South Africa (2008) IASSIDD World Congress
  • Kingston, Canada (2009)
  • Prato, Italy (2010) Combined Roundtable of the Health Issues and the Ageing SIRGs of IASSIDD.


Its membership is open to:

  • Researchers in the broad field of health and health care for people with intellectual disabilities
  • Practitioners in health care general practitioners (family doctors), medical specialists, physiotherapists, speech and hearing therapists, optometrists, dietitians, dentists, and nurses and others interested in health issues)
  • Family members or other significant persons in the lives of persons with intellectual disabilities
  • Representatives of volunteers or service organizations

All the members of IASSIDD with an interest in research relating to health issues may join the Health Issues SIRG. Select the SIRG when joining or renewing your membership.

Documents and Newsletters


Meeting Notes

Health SIRG President’s Report


VISUAL IMPAIRMENT (Word Document, 67 Ko)
HEARING IMPAIRMENT (Word Document, 58 Ko)


Annual Meeting – Nijmegen

November 6, 2013 from 18:00 – 19:00 hrs in Nijmegen University Medical Centre St Radboud, Studiecentrum

Annual General Meeting – Halifax

July 13 from 13:00 until 14:30 in Suite 302 WTCC

Health SIRG Roundtables

2011 – General meeting held in Bethesda, USA at Roundtable

2012 – July, General meeting held in Halifax at World Congress

2013 – General meeting held in Nijmegen, Netherlands Conference

2014 – General meeting held in Vienna at European conference

2015 – General meeting held in Los Angeles, USA at joint AADMD and Special Olympics conference

2016 – August, General meeting held in Melbourne, Australia at IASSIDD World Congress

2017 – June Health SIRG conference held in Belfast, Northern Ireland (see more specific details in next page)

November – Members attended the Asia Pacific IASSIDD Conference in Bangkok, Thailand no official Health SIRG held.

2018 – July, Athens General meeting held in Athens, Greece at European Conference.

Executive Members

Dr Laurence Taggart, RNID, BSc (Hons), PGCE, FHEA, PhD – President Health SIRG

Lead for the Centre for Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities
Lead for the Autism Research Hub
Co-Editor: Journal for Policy & Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Room 12J19
Institute for Nursing & Health Research
Ulster University
Shore Road
Co Antrim
BT37 0QB

Tel: 0044 2890366538 E.mail: [email protected]


Dr. Beverley Temple, RN – Secretary, Health SIRG

Associate Dean, Nursing Programs, School of Health Sciences
Red Deer College,
Red Deer, Alberta
[email protected]


Emily Lauer, MPH

Center for Developmental Disabilities Evaluation and Research (CDDER)
Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center
University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North, S3-301
Worcester, MA 01655

[email protected]

Esther J. Bakker-van Gijssel, MSc, MD (ID-physician)

Department of Primary and Community care – Intellectual disabilities and health
Academic Collaborative “Stronger on your own feet”
[email protected]

Eva Flygare Wallen, PhD
Academic Primary Health Care Center, Stockholm County Council, Sweden
[email protected]
Divison of Family Medicine and Primary Health Care, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
[email protected]


Helene Ouellette-Kuntz, PhD

Dept. of Public Health Sciences
Director, MAPS (www.mapsresearch.ca)
Queen’s University
191 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston, Ontario, K7M 8A6
phone: 613-548-4417 x. 1198
email: [email protected]


Dr. Ir. Jenneken Naaldenberg

Senior researcher
Department of primary care- Intellectual disability&health
Academic collaborative Sterker op eigen benen
[email protected]

International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) 

The International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) 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.


Please contact the IASSIDD international office for questions about joining IASSIDD, renewing your membership or general questions.
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