IASSID 2nd Asia Pacific Regional Congress Convenes
July 16, 2009
On June 24-27, 2009, the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities (IASSID) convened the Second Asia Pacific Regional Congress in Singapore to bring together 400 delegates representing 25 countries. The theme of the Asia Pacific Regional Congress is 'Creating Possibilities for an Inclusive Society'researchers, policy makers, practitioners, educators, family members and people with disabilities from across the Asia Pacific region and to discuss issues affecting people with disability. In Mr. Iswaran, Singapore's Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Education, spoke at the Gala Banquet on June 26, 2009. He said, "This...theme of the congress-"Creating possibilities for an Inclusive Society" - is an apt reminder that we must always seek to facilitate the integration of all members of society. According to statistics from the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific, there are at least 400 million individuals with disabilities living in the Asia Pacific Region. It is an important subject of policy that merits the attention of all countries in the region. "
Several members of the AUCD network attended the Asia Pacific Regional Congress to exchange knowledge with their Asia Pacific counterparts. Among those who presented their work included:
- Philip Davidson, PhD, Health Trajectories among Adults with Intellectual Disabilities.
- Kelly Hsieh, PhD, University of Illinois, Chicago, Symposium on Falls and Adults with Intellectual Disabilities.
- Matthew Janicki, PhD, University of Illinois, Chicago (Keynote Speaker) -The Aging Dilemma: Is Increasing Longevity Among People with Intellectual Disabilities Creating a New Population Challenge in the Asia Pacific Region?
- Jean Johnson, DPH, University of Hawaii at Manoa,
- Should Part C Early Intervention Services Be Extended to Children ages 3-5?
- Due Process Hearing Reviews: A Venue for Advocacy and System Change.
- Sue Lin, MS, AUCD Staff, System and Network Coordination for Enhancing Early Identification and Early Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other related Developmental Disabilities.
- Lily Matsubara, MS, University of Hawaii at Manoa, The Impact of Family Support: A Comparative Study between Hawaii and Massachusetts