The International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is the first and only worldwide 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 organisation that promotes worldwide research and exchange of information on intellectual disabilities. IASSIDD has official relations with the World Health Organisation.
The idea for this International Conference on Disabilities ‘June 2015, is to tackle the issues of disabilities.
Nigeria being a large country with about 169million people has about 25% of this populace falling under the disabilities cluster, but having a lot of issues that are generally overlooked and unattended to. Our society has yet to come to terms with the fact that there is ability in disability.
It is for this laudable cause that the IASSIDD (International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities) and local organizing partners are coming together to organise a 4-day conference that will be proffering policies, solutions, and services in the different areas of; Education, Health, Social Welfare and Employment.
Academia, Medical and Educational Practitioners, Government, MDAs, NGOs & Civil society, Public and Private organisations, Religious Leaders, Community Leaders & Members, Families & Friends of Persons with Special Needs.
Education is continuum in the health and social development of human being. It is paramount that Persons with disabilities are given access to quality education at all levels for an enriched life long learning.
Traditionally family and community care has played the most significant roles in meeting the needs of Persons with disabilities. With globalsation and changing demographic structure, there is now a greater need to create a hybrid and inclusive social model that fully involves the role of government and private sector in meeting the well being of Persons with disabilities.
The role of health care plays in the trajectory of the human life from pre-birth thorough to their adulthood requires a greater involvement by the government, private and the third sector. This will bring about the emergence of an inclusive and optimum healthcare model.
Employers of labour must create an inclusive and diverse workplace environment to attract talent from all of society; this would lead to independent employed Persons with disabilities in the community.