Position Statements


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Scoping Review of Position Statements

In 2019 ASID commissioned a scoping review of Position Statements relevant to people with intellectual disabilities.

The full report of the project is available here, and a paper based on the review is published in the 2021 June issue of RAPIDD.

A sub-committee of the ASID Board made up of academics peer reviewed the 125 position statements identified to assess their currency, values and rigor. Two groups were identified those that were current, relied on evidence and aligned with the values of ASID and those that were dated, not based on evidence or did not follow the expected format of a position statement. Both sets of position statements can be accessed HERE.

It should be noted that the Board has not yet endorsed any of these position statements.


Debates about dedifferentiation: twenty-first century thinking about people with intellectual disabilities as distinct members of the disability group


Disability policies increasingly refer to ‘people with disability’, often failing to recognize the unique issues associated with having an intellectual disability. There are advantages and disadvantages to this stance. For example, it can mean that specialist knowledge about supporting people with intellectual disability to participate is not recognised and that practice and programs are not well adapted to their needs. But it can also strengthen advocacy and avoid the stigma often associated with being labelled as having an intellectual disability. ASID has used the term Dedifferentiation to refer this trend of not differentiating people with intellectual disability as a particular group. ASID, in collaboration with Professors Jennifer Clegg and Christine Bigby has developed a position statement on Dedifferentiation, and two background papers, a literature review published in RAPIDD and a shorter summary.