AAIDD routinely offers opportunities for professionals in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities to conduct professional research and exchange in countries outside the US through its Delegations. For each Delegation, delegates participate in a professional and cultural program arranged by AAIDD. Through each Delegation, participants are able to:
- research the structure and delivery methods of supports provided for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities;
- learn firsthand about the nation's approach through meetings with representatives of health, education, and social service systems, including policy makers, academics, clinicians, and educators; and
- participate in site visits to schools, clinics, and facility- and community-based services.
The 2016 Delegation will travel to three cities in Australia (Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne) to meet with leading disability professionals and academic researchers as well as families and self-advocates in Australia, participate in international symposia hosted by leading universities, and visit schools and service sites.
See the preliminary itinerary, FAQs, and the application form here.