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Thank you for your interest, AAIDD is no longer accepting applications for this Delegation.  

Applications are considered as they are submitted, and this is the third year in a row where the delegate roster was filled well before the deadline.  Our next delegation will be announced in January 2018, please plan to apply early to reserve your spot!

AAIDD Delegation to Iceland and Ireland

October 7-18, 2017

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The goal of the delegation is to research the supports provided for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Iceland and Ireland.To learn firsthand about the approaches in these countries, the delegation will examine the following questions:

  • How has each nation's history, culture, and context shaped the its approach to intellectual disability?
  • What are the structure and delivery methods of supports provided for people with intellectual disability in these countries?
  • How do people with intellectual and developmental disabilities participate in the development of their supports?
  • How does the service system respond across the lifespan with different packages of supports?
This delegation will be led by Margaret Nygren, EdD, Executive Director & CEO of AAIDD . 

AAIDD Delegation History
Since 1996, AAIDD has sponsored professional research and exchange delegations to China, South Africa, Russia, India, Cuba, Brazil, Norway, Poland, Japan, Korea, and Australia. A tentative agenda, fact sheet, and application form are available on this website; applications and payments for this delegation will be managed by AAIDD. 

We invite you to join members of the AAIDD a in this important international exchange. Your professional experience will contribute to the future of the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities while allowing you to gain both personally and professionally from the experience.


  • Meet with leading disability professionals, government representatives, and researchers, along with families and self-advocates in Iceland and Ireland.
  • Participate in international symposia hosted by  leading universities and service providers.
  • Visit schools and service sites.
  • Guided tours of the Golden Circle (Gullfoss, Geysir, and Pingvellir), Guiness StorehouseBook of Kells exhibit, Cliffs of Moher, and Kilkenny Castle

Delegates will participate in a series of professional meetings and cultural experiences in the following cities on the following dates:

  • October 7-10: Reykjavik  
    Arrive in Reykjavik on October 7 (Saturday). Delegates may arrange to visit the Blue Lagoon as part of their transport from the airport (KEF) to Reykjavik. More information on this option is in the FAQs below.

    The program in Iceland will include an orientation dinner on October 7, a kick-off symposium with government officials, a seminar with provider organizations, visits to a diagnostic center and a school, plus a day tour of the Golden Circle.

  • October 11-18: Dublin
    Included in the program fee is the flight and transfers from Reykjavik to Dublin. The program in Ireland will include a seminar with government officials, a seminar at Trinity College and visit to the Book of Kells exhibit, a seminar with the Federation of Voluntary Bodies, visits to service locations, and tours of the Guiness Storehouse, Cliffs of Moher, and Kilkenny Castle.

    The program will end in Dublin with a farewell dinner the night of October 17. Transfers to the airport in Dublin (DUB) on Wednesday, October 18 are included in the program fee.  

Fees and Deadlines

The program fee includes most meals (two dinners are "on your own"), lodging, admissions, guides, hotel transfers, tips, and the flight between Iceland and Ireland. Round-trip airfare to and from your home city is not included in the program fee.

Program fees differ by lodging preference. For those who are interested in a double occupancy arrangement but aren't traveling with a roommate, efforts will be made to match roommates; however, if no roommates are available, the single occupancy rate will be required to participate.

Double Occupancy:  $3,394
Single Occupancy:   $4,115

The application (and payment) deadline is July 21, 2016.  Early application is advised as enrollment is limited. Once the Delegation roster is full, no further applications will be considered. Trip cancellation insurance is available for an additional $199.


Neither Iceland nor Ireland require a Visa for tourism or business stays of up to three months for US citizens. Citizens of other countries may be required to secure a Visa. 

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For more information on this offering, contact Corinne Carpenter at ccarpenter@aaidd.org