“Save the Date” DOCTRID VI Conference, September 19th & 20th, 2019, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland
Theme: Transitions across the Lifespan
DOCTRID is a unique Irish-led international research network of scientists, disability service providers, practitioners, and industry partners; established in 2010 by RESPECT and the Daughters of Charity Disability Support Services to coordinate and support cutting-edge research and training in intellectual disabilities and/or autism.
DOCTRID is one of the largest programs in the world devoted to ID and/or autism research consisting of 20 institutions and organizations across Ireland, the UK and US. Its aims are to:
Train the future leaders in ID research and practice
Promote multidisciplinary research to ensure quality and relevance. This means psychologists, engineers, occupational therapists, computer scientists, educators, disability services, speech and language therapists all working together
Produce top quality research which will inform policy and practice
Have person centered research at the heart of all we do
Raise awareness of the potential of technology as a tool to enhance opportunities for communication, education, employment, independent living and social inclusion but to also:
Remember that technology is not a magic solution-it is a tool which needs to meet the needs of the individual
Increase society’s expectations of what people with ID or autism can achieve with the right supports
The two main research programs currently running within the DOCTRID Research Institute are the €9M EU Marie Curie ASSISTID program, co-funded by RESPECT and the EU, and the Michigan State University (MSU)-DOCTRID Hegarty Fellowship program. Up to 49 researchers will be funded over the next 3 years to investigate how assistive technologies and other supports can be used to increase communication, social inclusion, education, and employment for people with ID or autism.