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AAIDD Delegation to Australia

August 7-14, 2016

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The goal of the delegation is to research the supports provided for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Australia.To learn firsthand about the Australian approach, the delegation will examine the following questions:

  • How has the 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 Australia?
  • 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, and Korea. 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 and academic researchers as well as families and self-advocates in Australia.
  • Participate in an international symposium hosted by a leading university.
  • Visit schools and service sites.
  • Guided tours of Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne, and visits to a Koala sanctuary and the Yarra Valley wine country. 

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

  • August 7-9: Brisbane  
    Arrive in Brisbane in the morning of August 7 (Sunday). 
    Note: for most delegates from North America, this itinerary will require you to depart your home city no later than Friday, August 5.
    The program in this city will include a kick-off symposium at a leading university and a visit to a koala sanctuary.

  • August 9-12: Sydney
    The program in this city will include a visit to schools and a service location, a seminar at a leading medical school, and sightseeing at Sydney's top visitor sites.
  • August 12-14: Melbourne 
    The program in this city will include a visit to two service locations, a meeting a a leading university, and a visit to Yarra Valley wine country.
    The program will end in Melbourne the morning of Sunday, August 14; the IASSIDD World Congress opens with a evening reception on August 14.

Delegates who plan to attend the IASSIDD World Congress must (a) register and (b) make lodging arrangements on their own for the Congress. The last hotel night included in the delegation program is August 13; on August 14, transportation to Congress-related lodging in Melbourne will be provided. Information on the Congress is available here

Fees and Deadlines

The program fee includes most meals (two dinners are "on your own"), lodging, admissions, guides, hotel transfers, tips, and the flights within Australia. Round-trip airfare to and from your home city is not included in the program fee; however, flights and airport/hotel transfers within Australia are included.

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:  $2,095
Single Occupancy:   $2,695

The application (and payment) deadline is July 1, 2016.  Early application is advised as enrollment is limited.

An Electronic Travel Authority (ETA; a “tourist visa”) is required for US and Canadian citizens traveling to Australia for this delegation. An ETA is an electronically-stored authority equivalent to a visa and good for 12 months from date of issue. The ETA is electronically linked to your passport number; no stamp or label is placed in your passport. The ETA should be applied for online at least two weeks prior to scheduled travel. All delegates must have a valid passport. If you do not have a passport or your passport is set to expire, you should address the issue prior to departure. The application fee for the ETA is approximately $10 USD; for more information and to apply for the ETA, visit https://www.eta.immi.gov.au/ETAS3 

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