Dr. Vianne Timmons named President of international organization devoted to disability research

News Release Release Date: July 11, 2012 1:00 p.m.

At a meeting today of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities (IASSID), the University of Regina’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Vianne Timmons, was formally installed as President of the organization. 

Timmons, who was Secretary of IASSID from 2004-2008 and then President-Elect from 2008-2012, will now serve a four-year term as President.  She begins her new role at a crucial time in the organization’s existence.

“Over the past 50 years, IASSID and the researchers involved in the organization have done a wonderful job in many areas, including advocating for those with intellectual disabilities and helping remove the stigma that has historically been attached to them,” Timmons said.  “But although we have come a long way, we still have very far to go – both in Canada and beyond.   As President of IASSID, I will work to ensure that the best possible science continues to inform and shape policy related to those with intellectual disabilities, further improving their quality of life.”

Timmons, who maintains an active research program in the area of inclusive education, was installed as President of IASSID at the organization’s World Congress, currently taking place in Halifax.  The IASSID World Congress, held every four years, is the premier intellectual disability research conference in the world.  This year’s Congress has brought together close to 1,000 researchers from more than 30 countries to share their work.

The 2012 Halifax World Congress marks only the second time in IASSID’s history that the event has taken place in Canada.  The previous Congress, held in 2008, took place in Cape Town, South Africa.

Further information about IASSID can be found at www.iassid.org