Conference – Supporting the Social Inclusion of Children and Young People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: The Importance of the Interdisciplinary Approach

Thursday 21 – Friday 22 March 2024, Warsaw, Poland


The conference is co-funded by the EU project titled: “Removal of barriers to social inclusion and social participation for children and young adults with Intellectual and developmental disabilities” [SIIDD], which has been operational since 2019 between 7 European universities based in Sweden, Norway, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Romania and Poland. More about the project:

Our project highlights the importance of multi-professional, interdisciplinary approaches to supporting the individual needs of children and adults with IDD and their families. We invite researchers, who identify tools and strategies in health, social work and education for social inclusion and for fostering interprofessional, cross-sector collaboration. We are also interested in works related to prevention and best practices for combatting barriers to social inclusion. We invite professionals from education, special pedagogy, social work, health service, nursing, and rehabilitation to join us for this important conference in Warsaw, Poland.

The event will start at about 14.00 on the 21st of March 2024 (Thursday) and will finish at about 16.00 on the 22nd of March 2024 (Friday). It will take place at The Maria Grzegorzewska University in Warsaw, Poland, which is the hub of special pedagogy, children’s rights, and social inclusion in Eastern-Central Europe

Scientific Committee:

  • Prof. e. Margareta Ahlström, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Dr Jude Tah, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Prof. dr hab. Anna Odrowaz-Coates, The Maria Grzegorzewska University, Poland
  • Prof. dr hab. Joanna Madalińska-Michalak, University of Warsaw (UW), Poland
  • Prof. Michael Brown, Queens University, Belfast, UK
  • Dr Lynne Marsh, Queens University, Belfast, UK
  • Paul McAleer, Prof. Lead Learning Disability Nursing, Queens University, Belfast, UK
  • Prof. Florica Ortan, University of Oradea, Romania
  • Prof. Dr Julien Kiss, University of Oradea, Romania
  • Gamu Tendayi, Prof. Lead Learning Disability Nursing, University of Hertfordshire, UK
  • Prof. Anna Perkowska-Klejman, The Maria Grzegorzewska University, Poland
  • Prof. Dariusz Stępkowski, Cardinal Wyszyński University (UKSW), Poland
  • Sam Abdulla, Academic Lead for Practice Learning, Edinburgh Napier University
  • Prof. Keiji Fujiyoshi, President of ISA RC25, Japan

Local Organizing Committee:

  • Dr Cecilia Zsögön
  • Dr Marta Kulesza
  • Dr Ewa Dąbrowa (Editor of the edited volume)
  • Prof. Błażej Przybylski (PTP)
  • Dr Elżbieta Strutyńska-Laskus (PTP)


Find more information and book your place here:

This event will be held at Maria Grzegorzewska University, Warsaw, Poland.

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