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AAIDD Delegation to Zambia & South Africa

September 23 - October 4, 2018

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The goal of the delegation is to research the supports provided for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Zambia and South Africa.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, Australia, Iceland, and Ireland. A tentative agenda, FAQs, and application forms are available on this page; applications for this delegation will be managed by AAIDD. 

We invite you to join members of the AAIDD 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, researchers, and families and self-advocates in Zambia and South Africa.
  • Participate in international symposia hosted by  leading universities and service providers.
  • Visit schools and adult service sites.
  • Guided tours of Victoria Falls (Zambia), Cape of Good Hope, Boulders Beach, Table Mountain (South Africa), and a full day safari in Chobe National Park (Botswana).

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

  • September 23-27: Livingstone, Zambia
    Arrive in Livingstone on September 23 (Sunday).
    Transfers from the airport to the hotel in Livingstone on Sunday, September 23 are included in the program fee.
    The program in Zambia will include an orientation dinner on September 23, symposium with the Norwegian Association on Disabilities, a full day seminar with special educators hosted by Cheshire Homes School, visit to an inclusive school, and observation of home based instruction in the village of Mukuni, plus a tour of Victoria Falls and a day trip to Botswana for a safari in Chobe National Park.

  • September 28-October 4: Cape Town, South Africa
    Included in the program fee are the flight and transfers from Livingstone to Cape Town.
    The program in South Africa will include a seminar at the University of Cape Town, a seminar with Western Cape Forum for ID, meetings with government representatives, and meetings with service providers, including Cape Mental Health, Alexandra Hospital, Work4You, and Brownies & Downies), plus tours of the Cape of Good Hope, Boulders Beach, and Table Mountain.

    The program will end in Cape Town with a farewell dinner the night of October 4. Transfers to the airport in Cape Town on Friday, October 5 are included in the program fee.  

Fees and Deadlines

The program fee includes most meals (two dinners and one lunch are "on your own"), lodging, admissions, guides, hotel transfers, tips, and the flight between Zambia and South Africa. Air travel between Delegates’ home city to Livingstone and from Cape Town, excess baggage fees on the flight between these two cities, Zambian visa fees, vaccinations/medications, and trip cancellation insurance are not included in the program fee. See the FAQs for more information.

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:  $4,095
Single Occupancy:   $4,995

The application (and payment) deadline is July 20, 2018.  Early application is strongly advised as enrollment is limited. Once the Delegation roster is full, no further applications will be considered.

Visas & Vaccinations

Zambia requires a visa for most travelers; the fee for a “single entry visa” for US and Canadian citizens can be paid at the airport as you enter for $50 USD. This fee must be paid in cash in US dollars. South Africa does not require a visa for tourism or business stays of up to three months for US or Canadian citizens.

For travel to Zambia, the CDC recommends that travelers be up to date on several vaccinations and to take anti-malarial medication.  In addition, the government of Zambia requires proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are traveling from or through a country with risk of yellow fever.

For more information on this offering, contact Laura Thorn at