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.

The programme will be published once finalised, thus far confirmed speakers are:

Dr Katrina Scior, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, UCL

Dr Maria Kett – Assistant Director of the Leonard Cheshire Disability & Inclusive Development Centre

Diane Kingston – UK rep on the UN committee of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Oonagh Smyth – Mencap’s Director of Governance and Strategy

Richard Walker & Fellow Self-advocates - Southwark Speaking Up Group

Prof Michael Arthur, Provost of UCL

Prof Richard Hastings- Warwick University

Inclusion International

Maureen Rabbitt, Special Olympics

Lisa Richardson, Tizard Centre, Univ of Kent

Michael Duignan-Murphy, MCCH

Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities

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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

Karen Pooh: The relationship between implicit and explicit attitudes towards people with intellectual disabilities: findings from the UK and Singapore 

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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