Asia Pacific CONFERENCE on Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities, Singapore, June 24-27, 2009

Posted on 31 October 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Papers, Cognitive Impairments, Events and Conferences, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

IASSID 2nd Asia Pacific Conference Singapore
June 24 to 27, 2009
Furama Riverfront Hotel

The International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities (IASSID) would like to invite you to the 2nd IASSID Asia Pacific Conference.

The conference will be held at Singapore, 24 to 27 June 2009, at the Furama Riverfront Hotel.

The conference theme is: “Creating possibilities for an inclusive society”

The conference details and the abstract submission system are now on-line:

Abstracts need to be submitted by the end of November 2008. Individual papers, symposia, workshops and posters are all welcome. All abstracts will be peer-reviewed and those accepted for the conference will be published in the Journal of Policy & Practice in Intellectual Disabilities.

The on-line registration system is now on line. Please proceed to the IASSID website for details (

There are a number of organisations partnering with IASSID to make this a significant event on the international scientific calender. These include the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC), the Asia Pacific Down Syndrome Federation and the Australian Association of Doctors in Developmental Disability Medicine. There are also many regional and local service providers working together, as part of our efforts to ensure that the conference provides a mechanism to promote ‘research to practice’ and that practice issues inform and influence the research agenda of the scientific community.

As part of our efforts to promote dialogue between researchers, practitioners and people with disability, the conference will include the inaugural meeting of the Asian Research to Practice Roundtable. This event will take place across the 4 days of the conference; bringing together scientists, practitioners and people with disability to establish and implement a research to practice agenda for the region.

The IASSID Academy on Education, Teaching & Research will host accredited workshops prior to and following the conference. The workshops will take place at Singapore and in neighbouring countries. If you are interested in hosting such a workshop, you can contact the Academy Chair, Professor Roy Brown for details and to discuss your proposal:

Theme: “Creating Possibilities for an Inclusive Society”.

Confirmed key note speakers are:
Prof. Rune J. Simeonsson, University of North Carolina, USA
Assoc Prof Levan Lim, National Institute of Education, Singapore
Prof. Shigeru Suemitsu, Kawasaki University of Medical Welfare, Japan
Prof. Glynis Murphy, University of Kent, UK
Prof Matthew Janicki, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Dr Monica Cuskelly, University of Queensland, Australia
Dr Henny van Schrojenstein Lantman-de Valk, Maastricht University, The Netherlands

Dr Kenneth Poon will host the ‘Asian Research to Practice Roundtable’
Prof. Roy Brown & the IASSID Academy will facilitate accredited workshops prior to and following the conference.

See the IASSID website for more details of the conference. Please feel free to circulate this information among your colleagues and networks and to include details in your various organisational newsletters, etc.

We hope to see you at Singapore.

Kind regards,

Dr Keith McVilly & Professor Lisa Wang, IASSID Conference Co-ordination Committee
Dr Balbir Singh, Chair of the Local Organising Committee
Professor Libby Cohen and Dr Kenneth Poon, Co-Chairs of the Scientific Programme Committee

Dr Keith R. McVilly
B.A., Grad. Dip. Psych., M. Psych. (Clinical), PhD
MAPS & Member of the College of Clinical Psychologists
Senior Lecturer in Disability Studies & Clinical Psychologists

Division of Disability Studies
School of Health Sciences
RMIT University
P.O. Box 71
Bundoora, 3083.

Tel.: +61 (0)3 9925 7362
Fac.: +61 (0)3 9925 7303

IASSID World Congress, Cape Town: 25 to 30 August 2008 –

ASSID Australasian Conference, Melbourne: 24 to 26 November 2008 –

ASSID DSW Conference, Melbourne: 27 to 28 November 2008 –

IASSID Asia Pacific Conference, Singapore: 24 to 27 June 2009 –

Thank you to Keith McVilly at MIT for circulating this announcement. Most of the text of this blog post is taken from that announcement, with slight modifications.

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CONFERENCE: Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Posted on 15 October 2007. Filed under: Announcements, Cognitive Impairments, Events and Conferences, Mobility Impariments, Multiple Disabilities, technology | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Most of the text for this announcement is taken from the web site for the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC).

Certain types of disabilities, such as deafness, speech impairment, cerebral palsy, autism, or auditory processing disorders can affect the way a person communicates. Certain technologies and strategies can enable people with these or other disabilities to communicate with each other and the wider world. These technologies and strategies are collectively referred to as “augmentative and alternative communication.”

“Leading the way” is the theme of ISAAC’s 13th biennial meeting, which will be held in Montréal, Canada in August 2008. ISAAC and its members have been leaders in AAC around the world for almost 25 years! ISAAC officially began in 1983 with a small group of individuals and has grown into an organization that is recognized internationally for the expertise, dedication, and creativity of its members.

We have much to celebrate in 2008, ISAAC’s 25th anniversary. The field of AAC has changed enormously in the last 25 years, and will continue to evolve in the future. Technological advances and new perspectives on human communication have shaped the evolution of AAC. Individuals who use AAC for their daily communication have increasingly taken on leadership roles in many different ways. Examples of leadership will be showcased as part of the 2008 conference program.Papers, presentations, and discussions of research projects, clinical and educational concerns, and issues of interest to individuals who use AAC systems will round out the program.

The conference committees are preparing an exceptional event! In addition to the exciting main conference program, there will be pre-conference workshops on current topics in AAC, and the research symposium following the main conference will be a must for AAC researchers. Montréal is the perfect site for the 2008 conference. A city with an interesting history and a bright future, Montréal is a lively place to visit, especially in the summertime. There will be opportunities to take advantage of all Montréal has to offer!

We are looking forward to welcoming ISAAC to Montréal in 2008!
See you there!

Your conference co-chairs,
Ann Sutton and Jeff Riley

Pre-conference workshops will be held August 2 and 3, 2008. The main conference will be August 4 to 7. A research symposium will be held August 8 and 9. A reduced registration fee is available for individuals who use augmentative or alternative communication systems, students, and individuals from developing countries. However, the conference is not able to provide financial assistance.

Please note that, at this time, ISAAC chapters all seem to be located in industrialized countries. We Can Do is unable to determine the extent to which workshop presentations would be sensitized to the needs and challenges of people using augmentative or alternative communication methods in developing countries. Those who are interested in the conference should explore their web site at Remaining concerns or questions should be directed to the conference organizers at:

ISAAC 2008 Conference Secretariat – JPdL
1555 Peel, Suite 500
Montréal (Québec) H3A 3L8, Canada

Tel: +1 (514) 287-1070
Fax: +1 (514) 287-1248

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