Parenting with Intellectual Disabilities

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Mission Statement

The Special Interest Research Group on Parents and Parenting with Intellectual Disabilities (SIRG/PID) was founded in 1996 at an international conference in Denmark which was organized by the Danish Ministry of Social Affairs and The EU Commission. The SIRG/PID was formally affiliated with IASSID in 2002.The mission of the Special Interest Research Group on Parents and Parenting with Intellectual Disabilities is:

  • To create opportunities for international and multidisciplinary networking between individuals and organisations with an interest in the topic of parents and parenting with intellectual disabilities.
  • To foster research and innovation that will advance knowledge and understanding of social
    barriers and effective supports for persons with intellectual disabilities in the parenting role.
  • To expose social and systemic discrimination against—and promote equalisation of opportunity for—parents with intellectual disabilities and their children, around the globe.
  • To facilitate the translation of knowledge from research into policies and practices that support persons with intellectual disabilities in the parenting role and enhance their children’s life chances

Guiding Principles


Executive

Elections are held every four years to appoint the SIRG/PID executive committee. The Chair represents the SIRG/PID on IASSID Council.

Chair

David McConnell,PhD
Professor and Director, Family and Disability Studies Initiative, University of Alberta, Canada
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Members for the Americas

  • Marjorie Aunos, PhD
    Scientist-Practitioner West Montreal and Lisette-Dupras Readaptation Centers, Québec, Canada
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  • Virginia Cruz, DSW
    Professor, Metropolitan State College of Denver, Department of Social Work, Denver, USA
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  • Peter Vietze, PhD
    Chair & Professor of Psychology, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, USA
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Members for Europe

  • Hanna Björg Sigurjónsdóttir, PhD
    Assistant Professor and Assistant Director,Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Iceland
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  • Lydia Springer
    Leg. psykolog, SUF Kunskapscentrum Slottsgränd, Uppsala, Sweden
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  • Jytte Faureholm, PhD
    Psykolog, Ministry of Social Affairs, Ministry for Refugees, Immigrants, and Integration, Denmark
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Members for Asia and the Pacific

  • Gwynnyth Llewellyn, PhD
    Professor and Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, Australia
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  • Robyn Mildon, PhD
    Director of Knowledge Exchange and Implementation, Parenting Research Centre, East Melbourne, Australia
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Members for Africa and the Middle East

There is currently no representation for Africa and the Middle East. Expressions of interest are welcome.

 


 

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David McConnell,PhD
Professor and Director, Family and Disability Studies Initiative, University of Alberta, Canada
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