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ASID held it's AGM on Thursday, 9 November 2017.

The attached Annual Report was presented at that meeting

Annual Report 2017

ASID 2016 Annual General Meeting


Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability (ASID) Ltd.

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Saturday 12 November 2016

Jasper Hotel, 489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. Vic 3000

 AGM Agenda

 2015 AGM Minutes

Do you know someone who has a disability and has been affected by breast cancer?


bcnaBreast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) wants to provide accessible and appropriate breast cancer information and support to people with a disability and their families and supporters.

To better understand the experiences of people with a disability affected by breast cancer, their families and supporters, BCNA wants to talk to:

  • people with a disability who have been diagnosed with breast cancer
  • family members, carers or support workers of a person with a disability who has been diagnosed with breast cancer
  • family members or carers of a person with a disability, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer themselves.

BCNA will use what it learns to develop a plan for our organisation to better support people with a disability affected by breast cancer.

Participants will be invited to attend a group discussion at a local community centre or participate in an interview.

If you are interested in sharing your story with BCNA, or would like to find out more visit

Alternatively please contact Grace Daley by email at or call 1800 500 258. | 1800 500 258

IASSIDD Parenting SIRG Newsletter October 2016


The IASSIDD Parenting Special Interest Research Group presents their latest Newsletter.  

Please share it with anyone you think might be interest in receiving news from the SIRG on Parents and Parenting by parents with Intellectual Disabilities.

Click here to view the newsletter


ASID Podcasts


Welcome to ASID Podcasts!

ASID's Podcast Episode 1:  Susan Buell - "I can't always read and it isn't always easy" is now available on our new Podcast page.

Click here to view this podcast.




Read about ASID in the attached Annual Report for 2014/15.

Annual Report 2014/15




Prof Chris Bigby speaks with Hilary Harper from Vic ABC Radio Saturday program.

Enjoy this interview which includes information on how people with intellectual disabilities assisted ASID with various tasks during the recent 50th Annual conference.




The NDIS rollout for NSW was announced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and NSW Premier Mike Baird today.

Click here to find out when the NDIS is coming to you!

The new NSW NDIS website is now live. Find out when the NDIS will roll out across NSW and more.

Check it out here!

Call for Papers - Special Issue of RAPIDD


Call for Papers

Special Issue of RAPIDD

In collaboration with the 2015 International Conference in Canada, “Claiming Full Citi­zenship: Self-determination, Personalisa­tion, and Individualized Funding”, Professor Tim Stainton will co-edit a Special Issue of RAPIDD.

We are particularly interested in papers that report research, critically reflect on the mechanism and practices for achieving self-determination and person-centred services, or review progress toward more inclusive lives for people with intellectual disabilities.

We seek a range of different perspectives and invite researchers, advocates, families, and service providers who are presenting at the Conference, or others who are working in this field, to submit papers for the Special Issue.  

For more information about the special issue, submissions or who to contact, go to:


First issue of RAPIDD Now online


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ASID 2015 Conference - Call for Volunteers


The National ASID Conference will be held in Melbourne, November 2015. We are looking for people with ideas to help make this Conference a great success.

For more information click here

IASSID 2014 - Call for Abstracts


IASSIDD is happy to announce that we are now accepting abstracts for round tables, oral and poster presentations for the 4th European Congress of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disability. Make sure to take the opportunity to actively participate in this congress by submitting your abstract online:
The call for abstracts closes on January 31, 2014.

IASSIDD, the University of Vienna and the Lebenshilfe Austria are pleased to invite you to participate to this congress dedicated to the motto "Pathways to Inclusion" which will be held from July 14 – 17, 2014 at the University of Vienna, Austria.

Furthermore, we are happy to inform you that reduced early bird registration fees are still available until April 14, 2014.

Please find attached the call for paper, which will give you an overview about the most important information to the congress and abstract submission.

For further information about the conference please visit our website at

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact our staff via e-mail to

Q & A - Ethical review of research in the disability services sector


Q & A - Ethical review of research in the disability services sector.

For a while now, some of us in the disability sector have struggled with understanding the rules of the game for the ethical conduct of research.

To ensure we all fully understand, and follow, the rules of the game, and as a first step to ensuring consistency, on 4 June 2012 the Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability (ASID) NSW/ ACT, and Northcott Disability Services co-convened “Research Ethics into Practice: A Roundtable Discussion for Disability Service Providers”.meeting. This document is the outcome.

Forty-five participants attended, representing government, not-for-profit agencies, and universities. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the inconsistencies, and plan for a way ahead. Arising from the roundtable, a working party was formed, and one of its tasks was to develop guidelines for agencies in the disability sector to ensure consistency in the ethical conduct of research. Drafts were fed back to all attendees of the roundtable

Click here to view the document in full

Safe-guarding People Living with Disability from Abuse


A worker's guide to safeguarding people living with disability from abuse.

The Australasian Disability Professionals (ADP) SA Chapter has produced this excellent resource and ASID SA have funded the printing.

The abuse and restrictive practices subcommittee of the ADP-SA developed this important resource for workers working at the coal face supporting individuals living with a disability. The subcommittee was born from genuine concern for people living with a disability experiencing abuse and restrictive practices.

Much work is being undertaken at both a state and federal level to protect and uphold the rights of individuals living with a disability and the National Framework for Reducing the Use of Restrictive Practices in the Disability Service Sector Draft is just one example. This free guide will support the federal and state initiatives in a very practical way.

If you have any queries please contact Denice Wharldall, President ASID SA on (08) 8347 4588 or email:

AbleVision Ireland’s 2014 International Film Festival for people with Intellectual Disability


AbleVision Ireland's 2014 International Film Festival for people with Intellectual Disability.

The festival will be held over two days in Drogheda IRELAND ( from 28 to 29 March 2014. It is an annual competition for short films made by, or in partnership with, people with Intellectual Disability; minimum length of three minutes; maximum length of ten minutes.

The last date for submitting entries is 21 February 2014, but we would like expressions of interest before 15 November 2013.

For more information please go to the AbleVision website -

Submit Your Articles to Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities


Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (RAPIDD) is a new peer-reviewed journal that will inform the design and delivery of support that is critical for people with intellectual disability and their families, to participate in community life and be included by mainstream service systems.

We are currently inviting submissions of articles for the first volume.

The journal will be of interest to:

  • disability service organisations
  • advocacy groups
  • health and community services
  • policy makers
  • program designers
  • practitioners and researchers alike
  1. Read the full call for papers here
  2. Instructions for authors
  3. Sign up for new issue alerts so you never miss the latest research from the journal.

NDIS Feedback: Eligibility and reasonable and necessary support


This response is from the Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability. The mission of the Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability is to improve the quality of life for people with an intellectual disability. The Society is an independent authority on intellectual disability issues across Australasia, which aims to forge interaction between intellectual disability research, policy and practice.

Click here to read the complete response

The 2012 NSW / ACT Disability Support Professional Recognition Awards


At the NSW/ ACT conference three committed disability support professionals were recognised for their exceptional support to people with intellectual disabilities.

Paula Schramm of Lorna Hodgkinson Sunshine Home was the winner of the category of "professional working in the sector for less than 3 years". Paula was nominated as a professional who "encourages people to be more involved and assertive in all aspects of their lives,... is enthusiastic about her key-worker role and is a great communicator.

Casey Gray of House with No Steps received a Highly Commended for the category of "professional working in the sector for 3 years or more", and was recognised for her "very strong sense of social justice... Casey has developed a pen pal program targeting people living in isolation and there are now 50 people in this program".

John Corradin of Nepean Area Disabilities Organisation (NADO) won the category of "professional working in the sector for 3 years or more". John must be good at his job because his nominators wrote of him, "it is not an exaggeration to say that the co-ordinators wish they could clone him!".

The NSW/ ACT regional committee was honoured to award these wonderful people for their professionalism, and for making such a valuable contribution to the disability sector.

2012 National Disability Research and Development Grants


National Disability Research and Development grants will be awarded to researchers for research that supports the National Disability Agreement, the National Disability Strategy and future reforms such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

A total of $750,000 (ex GST) is available in 2012 for the open competitive funding round. A maximum amount of $100,000 per year will be available for each project (unless a compelling case is made to exceed this limit). Projects can run over more than one year. A proportion (approximately 20%) of the total funding can be approved for seed funding to prepare for grants applications through this funding or through other processes such as NHMRC and/or ARC Linkage grants.

For more information please follow the link: National Disability Research and Development Research grants

For more information on the research agenda please follow the link: National Disability Research and Development Agenda.

Apply for Funding

Applications for funding must be made through the NSW Government eTendering website. Applicants must submit a Research Proposal and Research Response Schedule electronically to the email address provided on the eTendering website.

Applications must be received by 14:00, 29/06/2012 (Australian Eastern Standard Time). The documents are available from the NSW eTendering website (Tender reference number: DPRWG.12.01) at

Vale Professor Jim Mansell


It is with regret and sadness that ASID notes the recent death of Professor Jim Mansell who passed away on 13 March 2012.

Professor Mansell has made a significant international contribution to the field of intellectual disability and has left a considerable legacy in terms of both the body of literature that he authored (or otherwise contributed to) and the personal impact that he has had on the lives of people with learning difficulties and the community of people involved in supporting them. He has achieved this impact through his personal interactions, his research, his influence on policy development and service reform, and his role in the training and mentorship of many professionals who continue to do what they can to improve the lives of people with intellectual disability.

Reviewing Professor Jim Mansell’s career in the area of learning disability (the preferred UK terminology) reveals constant threads throughout his 40 years of activity in the field. These themes are evidence based service and policy reform, championing the cause of people who are not able to effectively speak up for themselves, and a willingness to challenge authority in relation to these matters.

As a young man 18 years of age, Jim Mansell was confronted with the realities of life for people with intellectual disability after having volunteered to take a group of ‘mentally handicapped’ children from a long stay institution to the local cinema. He was shocked and angered at the conditions that he discovered and resolved to work towards changing things so that people with learning difficulties did not have to live in this way. Professor Mansell was involved from the early 70s in setting up some of the earliest community group homes for people with learning disabilities in the UK. He set up a group home where he and three of his fellow students shared their accommodation with five people with learning difficulties from the local institution. He was one of the key players in challenging the prevailing 'wisdom' with respect to the viability of community care for people with learning disabilities. Professor Mansell found kindred spirits and worked in partnership with other key service reform champions such as Professor David Felce in influencing service development in the UK through the 80s - a time when, through a process of institutional reform, there were 'seismic shifts' in the way in which services were provided to people with learning difficulties. This work was developed and applied to supporting people with severe challenging behaviour, demonstrating that integrated community based residential accommodation with the support of staff who knew what they were doing, was the most effective way of supporting people with challenging behaviour.

After taking up a lecturer position with the University of Kent, he founded the Tizard Centre in 1983 - now considered one of the world's leading research and study centres on learning disability. Professor Mansell work continued with a focus on individualised planning particularly in reference to effectively addressing the needs of adults with learning difficulties and challenging behaviour. In 1988 Professor Mansell in collaboration with the then Child Nurse Officer of the National Health Service was successful in closing one of the largest long staff residential facilities in the UK: the Darenth Park Hospital. The success of Professor Mansell and his colleagues work in the South Eastern Thames area provided further evidence that there were realistic and viable alternatives to the models of institutional care that had up until that time dominated the disability sector landscape. The learning gained from this experience was captured in a 1993 Health Department report "Services for people with Learning Disabilities and Challenging Behaviour or Mental Health Needs"( referred to as "The Mansell Report")

A further significant contribution of the Tizard centre was the recognition that adequate training and support to the support staff was critical to the success of community orientated support strategies.

In recent year Professor Mansell has been one of the individuals driving the implementation of 'Active Support' as a pragmatic service delivery philosophy grounded in the available evidence.

"Jim was committed to applied research. He wanted to make a difference to people's lives but his route for doing that was not only to articulate what was right but also to gather and distil the evidence to inform what was right. He was committed to services being designed on the basis of evidence and he was not shy of taking on the big issues"

Professor David Felce (2012)

The UK government utilised Professor Mansell’s experience and knowledge: In 2007 The Department of Health published an updated version of the (1993) Mansell report in 2010 , and Professor Mansell’s report “Raising our Sights” regarding supports for people with the most complex needs.

Professor Mansell maintained strong connections with Australia, holding the position of Professor of Disability Studies with Latrobe University in Melbourne, where he had a significant role in the Australian disability sector's establishment and implementation of 'Active Support' as an evidence based way of developing services of people with learning difficulties: An approach that is focused on training support staff such that community based residential support maximises the participation of people with intellectual disability in day to day activity.

On a personnel note, working as a psychologist in a variety of contexts, I have found Professor Mansell' work inspiring and affirming, generating an evidence base that was a crystal clear articulation of how to go about supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our community. Professor Mansell was one of my key 'text mentors' whose work informed my practice working in intensive intervention teams supporting individuals with challenging behaviour and their families. In 2004 as the convenor of the annual ASSID conference then being held in Adelaide, I found myself in the privileged position of having an influence on the conference's selection of keynote speakers. One of my choices was Professor Jim Mansell, who was delighted to be a keynote speaker at our conference. In meeting Professor Mansell face to face I was somewhat awestruck but found the man to be warm and generous with his thoughts and time.

In January 2012, Professor Jim Mansell’s contribution was recognised - he was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

When he was a student, taking the children from the institution to the local cinema, Jim Mansell resolved to make a difference.

Professor Jim Mansell did make a difference. His life and work serves as an inspiration to us all.

Richard O’Loughlin
ASID President

IASSID Notice for all ASID Members - Tosinvest Sanita SpA – JPPID Writer’s Award (CDN$1,000)


The Tosinvest Sanita SpA Group has announced the availability of a Writer's Award associated with the 14th World Congress of the IASSID to be held in Halifax, Canada in 2012.

The Award – in the sum of CDN$1,000 – will be presented to up to four authors (or co-authors) who submit an innovative review paper that is judged as outstanding in its content and analysis and to be presented at the 14th World Congress of the IASSID in Halifax. Papers selected for the Award will be presented at a special symposium during the Congress and eligible for publication in the Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities.

Criteria for the papers include original analytic research on a topic in the area of policy or practice and intellectual or developmental disabilities, journal quality writing and formatting, lucidity of ideas, and development of a topic heretofore not fully explored. Topics are the writer's choice.

"Young investigators" are particularly encouraged to enter this competition. "Young Investigators" include pre-doctoral graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and academics or researchers within five years of the award of their doctoral or medical degree.

The funds awarded are specifically targeted for helping defray the costs of attending the 14th World Congress of the IASSID (registration fee, travel costs, lodging). The Writer's Award recipients will be responsible for registering for the Congress and presenting their paper at the Tosinvest Award symposium. Costs up to CDN$1,000 will be covered.

Persons interested in this competition should submit an abstract of their paper to the Congress and also forward their abstract with a cover email to the Editor, JPPID at Final full papers should be submitted to the JPPID Editor no later 1 March 2012. Papers to be considered for publication in JPPID after the World Congress are to be submitted via the normal manuscript submission process and are subject to peer review. All papers submitted for the Tosinvest Award competition should be journal quality (up to 20 pages, double spaced, with citations). Papers will be judged by members of the JPPID Editorial Board and awardees will be notified in May 2012.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)


Press Release

The Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability ‐ Research to Practice (ASID) welcomes the Prime Minister's announcement that the government shares the Productivity Commission's vision for a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Such a scheme is essential to address what has been found nationally to be a disability support system that is underfunded, unfair, fragmented, and inefficient, and which fails to provide Australians with any choice or certainty of access to appropriate supports when they are needed most.

ASID Vice President, Associate Professor Angus Buchanan has stated that there are some 360,000 Australians reliant on disability services, together with some 2.6 million unpaid family carers who stand to benefit from such a scheme. In addition, this scheme has the potential to positively affect the services provided by some 2,200 service providers and 60,000 + disability support staff across the country.

ASID challenges and calls upon the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, the Assistant Treasurer, Bill Shorten, and the Parliamentary Secretary for Disability and Carers, Jan McLucas to work in a bipartisan way with the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott and the Shadow Minister for Disability, Mitch Fifield to make the NDIS a reality.

ASID calls upon the Prime Minister and the Leader of Opposition to clearly articulate their policy position on the NDIS, and their intention to support the implementation of such a scheme to the benefit of all Australians.

The ASID Australasian Conference for 2011 will be convened at Adelaide, from the 9th to the 11th November, with the theme "To beg or to choose: you decide". The conference will consider the importance of the NDIS for people with disability, carers and all Australians. Associate Professor Buchanan stated that he expects that our nation's leaders should by that time be in a position to have reflected on the Productivity Commission's report, and to make clear where they stand and what they intend to do to progress the NDIS.

Contact: Associate Professor Angus Buchanan

Angus Buchanan

Roger Stancliffe receives AAIDD Research Award


Roger Stancliffe is Associate Professor, Disability Studies, at the University of Sydney’s faculty of Health Sciences. On June 7th, at the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) 135th Annual Meeting in St Paul Minnesota, 33-year ASID member and past Editor of the Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability (2003-08) Roger Stancliffe, was honoured as the recipient of the AAIDD Research Award. AAIDD President, Professor Michael Wehmeyer presented the award, with a citation that read:

Research Award.
Presented to Roger J. Stancliffe PhD FAAIDD.
In recognition of your Exceptional Accomplishments.

In the 40-year history of the AAIDD Research Award, Roger is the first person from the southern hemisphere to be so recognised. Past recipients of this prestigious award include Sir Michael Rutter (UK), Jack Tizard (UK), Donald Baer (USA), David Braddock (USA), Ann and Alan Clark (UK), Lionel Penrose (UK) and Robert Edgerton (USA).

ASID congratulates Roger on this outstanding achievement.

Official Position Statement Released - Restrictive Practices


The Australasian Board of ASID has agreed an official position statement:

"Against the Use of Restrictive Practices in the Support of People who have an Intellectual Disability"

(Endorsed: Australasian Board, 23 May 2010)

Journal of Policy Practice in Intellectual Disabilities


We are pleased to offer members of ASID a 40% discount off the personal subscription rate of IASSID's Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disability (JPPID). This new member benefit allows you to see all that JPPID has to offer for 40% less!