Global Partnerships: opportunities and challenges

Over the last decade our global community of people with an interest in childhood onset developmental disabilities has become more connected and integrated. Global collaborative projects to help one another share ideas, skills and technology have flourished, as have international collaborative research projects. We have witnessed increased connectivity within Europe and also the rest of the world, with increasing appreciation and adoption of ICF based and evidence informed practice. However, families still report challenges related to social inclusion and access to specialised healthcare through the life course.

The current pandemic has accelerated the adoption of web based technology rapidly, thus facilitating the ease of communication in both small group and large gatherings. This has created amazing opportunities but also challenges for our community.

The ‘Global Partnerships’ themed day in the 33rd EACD Europe Annual meeting is an opportunity to showcase some examples of productive partnerships within Europe and much further afield. We want to bring together our community to explore how we can take full advantage of the current opportunities and, at the same time, meet the emergent challenges that our improved web connectivity and flourishing international networks offer.

We will have an innovative program with exciting keynotes, presentations from productive collaborations, panel discussions on key issues, current controversies and, of course, original research presentations orally and by posters. We promise, you will not be disappointed.

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British Academy of Childhood Disability is registered in England and Wales under charity number 1177868
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