The SIRG-PIMD focuses on individuals with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities (PIMD / PMLD). They form a heterogeneous group. They are characterized by very severe cognitive, neuromotor and/or sensory disabilities, which lead to very intensive support needs.
The mission of the SIRG-PIMD is:
- To provide a worldwide network for the exchange of knowledge and insights on persons with PIMD from research and practice. The SIRG-PIMD brings together researchers and practitioners with different disciplines and from different countries.
- To promote cross-national, multidisciplinary collaboration in the area of persons with PIMD.
- To provide a framework for the dissemination of information relating to the research interests, expertise, and publications of group members.
- To foster innovation and quality improvement in the support of persons with PIMD. The ultimate aim of the group is to improve the quality of life and services for people with PIMD, their carers, and their families.
Within the overall process of collaboration, the views and contributions of non-professionals, including people with intellectual disabilities and their families and friends, are a fundamental component, and will be given the priority they deserve.
The SIRG works by means of a newsletter, website, and roundtable conferences. The group also makes several contributions on the European, Asia-Pacific and World Congresses of IASSIDD. There is a dynamic early career researchers group.
Chair: Bea Maes
Newsletter: Sara Nijs, Leentje Van Alphen
Social media: Jorien Luijkx
JPIDD associate editor: Annette Van der Putten
Website: Darren Chadwick
Early Career Researchers: Wieneke Penninga, Michelle King
Academy Link: Michael Arthur-Kelly
Documents and Publications
- Newsletter January 2019
- Newsletter May 2018
- Newsletter December 2017
- Newsletter June 2017
- Newsletter December 2016
- Newsletter June 2016
- Newsletter December 2015
- Glasgow August 2019
- Fribourg August 2017
- Melbourne August 2016
- Västeras September 2015
- Vienna June 2014
Reports of activities
Presentations from Roundtable Fribourg 2017: Dind.pdf; ECPprovisoire.pdf; Goldbart.pdf; Nijs.pdf; Onodera.pdf; scelles.pdf; SienVandesande.pdf; Ware.pdf; Presentation Roundtable Fribourg VM.pdf; Gremion.pdfPPT Ines van Keer.pdf
Presentations from Melbourne conference 2016: Abstracts IASSIDD PIMD author and title.pdf; Buell_PosterEasyRead_IASSIDD.pdf; Emerson_LessonStudy_IASSIDD.pdf; Forster_Video_IASSIDDpart.pdf; Heslop_PrematureDeaths_IASSIDD.pdf; Lee_IntensiveInteraction_IASSID.pdf: OJKO_IASSIDD.pdf; Poppes_Behaviour_IASSIDD.pdf; Prain_VIG_IASSIDD.pdf; Steendam_Visual_IASSIDD.pdf; Urbanowicz_RettChoice_IASSIDD.pdf; Urbanowicz_RettGaze_IASSIDD.pdf; vanAlphen_activity_IASSIDD.pdf; Warren_Communication_IASSIDD.pdf; Watson_Article12SPID_IASSIDD.pdf; Wehmeyer_Decision_IASSIDD.pdf; WIllis_Mammography_IASSIDD.pdf
- The 6th IASSIDD European Conference will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, from July 6-8, 2021. It will be a hybrid conference, with physical and online activities. See https://iassidd2021.com/
- The next Early Career Researchers Meeting will be combined with the conference in Amsterdam either the day before or the day after the conference. The exact date will be communicated soon.
- Bea Maes, Belgium: Chair
- Juliet Goldbart, UK: Secretary and IASSIDD-council representative
- Annette Van der Putten: The Netherlands
- Nan-Chieh Chen, Taiwan
- Krysti De Zonia, US
- Kathleen Tait, Australia
- Michael Arthur-Kelly, Australia
For information on joining the SIRG-PIMD, contact the SIRG Chair,
Bea Maes at firstname.lastname@example.org
or write to
Research Centre on Special Education and Parenting
University of Leuven
Leopold Vanderkelenstraat 32, B-3000 Leuven