UCL Centre for Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Research

Upcoming Events

Raising Awareness & Combating Prejudice and Discrimination directed at people with learning disabilities around the globe

A free Public Event

16 July 2015

Darwin Lecture Theatre, UCL 10.00 to 16:30

This event will present findings from a review into attitudes towards people with intellectual disabilities around the globe, and efforts to improve them in line with Articles 5 and 8 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Person with Disabilities.

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This project has been conducted in partnership with Leonard Cheshire Disability, Inclusion International, and distributed globally with support from IASSID (International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities) and Special Olympics. Positive efforts to raise awareness and foster acceptance and equality from the UK and from around the world will be presented.

Confirmed programme:

10:00 Welcome

Katrina Scior & Maria Kett: Welcome & Overview of day

Professor Michael Arthur: Welcome to UCL 

Diane Kingston – UK rep on CRPD committee- The UN Convention

Sara Pickard, Inclusion International, Self-advocate Council Member representing Europe, & Mencap Cymru: Why are awareness raising and combating negative attitudes important? 

10:45 Findings from Review (Maria Kett to chair)

Katrina Scior: Summary of report and key findings

11:15 Coffee Break

11:45 Raising Awareness (Chair: Richard Hastings)

Oonagh Smyth: Mencap’s work and Awareness Raising Campaign

Dr Yinka Akindayomi, Children's Developmental Centre, Lagos, Nigeria:

‘The Road Show without a Road Map’ and other tales from Nigeria 

12:20 Comments and Q &A (Chair: Richard Hastings)

12:45 Lunch

14:00 Combating Prejudices & Discrimination- (Chair: Katrina Scior)

Richard Walker, Self-Advocate, Southwark Speaking Up:

The power of Self-advocacy to counter Discrimination 

Maureen Rabbitt, Communications & Brand Director Europe Eurasia Region, Special Olympics: The work of Special Olympics in Changing Attitudes 

Shirli Werner, Hebrew Univ of Jerusalem: The Equal in Uniform project

Daniel Marsden & Aaron Carliell, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust): The impact of interns with an intellectual disability on hospital staff attitudes

15:00 Tea Break

15:30 Legal recourse to combat actions informed by prejudice and hostility: The Case of Disability Hate Crime (Chair: Maria Kett)

Lisa Richardson, Tizard Centre, Univ of Kent (Living in Fear project) and Michael Duignan-Murphy & Derek Thomas (MCCH)

16:00 Q & A and Panel Discussion: Where next?

16:30 Close

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CIDDR Seminars

CIDDR holds monthly seminars at which members of the research centre and research collaborators present their research. Seminars are held usually on the last  Friday of each month from 1pm to 2pm in the Research Dept of Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology, 4th floor, Torrington Place. Anyone interested in attending our seminars should contact Katrina Scior (k.scior@ucl.ac.uk) in advance. 

CIDDR Seminars 2015 (last Friday of the month, 1-2pm)

30 January 2015

Ros Hithersay: Using functional near infrared spectroscopy with adults with Down syndrome: resolving issues of feasibility, acceptability and accessibility

Angela Hassiotis, Aseel Hamid & Katrina Scior: Public Engagement Project on defining research priorities in collaboration with people with learning disabilities

Room 544, 5th floor, 1-19 Torrington Place, WC1E 7HB

27 February 2015

Carla Startin: Developing a new informant measure of cognitive abilities for people with Down syndrome

Tamara Al-Janabi: A discussion on the genetic overlap between learning difficulties and psychiatric symptom clusters

Room G18, Charles Bell House, 67-73 Riding House Street, W1W 7EJ

27 March 2015

Helen Roberts, Professor of Child Health, Institute of Child Health

Prof Roberts and core CIDDR members will outline their research programmes, followed by discussion of areas of overlap and potential for research collaboration.

April: Easter Break

29 May 2015


26 June 2015

Erin Rodger: Investigating correlations between cognitive abilities and autistic traits in individuals with Down syndrome

Venue: tbc

Past Events

CIDDR Launch

We held the Centre’s formal launch on 13th July 2010. We would like to thank all service users, carers, professionals and researchers who joined us for the day and made it a very enjoyable and interesting day!

Programme of the day

UCL’s communications office produced a news item on the launch. This audio feature contains attendees' comments on the launch and more general information about the centre and its mission.



2009 Seattle Club Conference

We hosted the 2009 Seattle Club Conference on Research in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the UK and Republic of Ireland at UCL.

This is an annual event for researchers in the field of intellectual disability in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Information about Annual Seattle Club Event

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