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Member Spotlight 

Name: Claudia Claes, PhD

Location: Ghent, Belgium

Member since:  2006

Employment: 

University College Ghent, dean of the faculty Education, Health and Social Welfare studies; visiting professor Ghent University.
Co-founder of E-QUAL, Centre of expertise on Quality of Life Studies.

Why did you join AAIDD?  

AAIDD is a world leading organization in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. The organization combines professionalism and scientific leadership and the people behind create a sense of companionship among its members. The annual meetings are inspiring and innovative.

Why did you choose the field of intellectual disability?

I did not choose the field of ID as such, I chose the Quality of Life theoretical framework that sets the stage to look at people from a support needs perspective. The Quality of Life framework broadens the scope to wishes, dreams and talents of people with ID in a context of interaction.