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According to the Constitution, any multidisciplinary academy representing a geographic region that is focused on childhood-onset disabilities and is comprised of twenty-five or more active members is eligible to apply for membership in the IAACD as a Member Academy.

Member Academies must meet the Standards for Membership:

  1. The academy shall respect human rights. There should be no form of discrimination in regard of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religion. Reference to this standard should be observed within academy by-laws or constitution, or in the letter of application.
  2. The academy shall be multi-professional in membership and leadership and shall welcome all professions that are engaged in working with patients with childhood onset disabilities.
  3. The academy shall be registered as a non-profit organization. The economy of the academy and its activity shall be transparent.
  4. Education and training shall be evidence-based.

Application for Membership

To apply for membership, a written application is submitted to the Chair of the AMAC by email membership@iaacd.net by the presiding President and Secretary (or equivalent positions) of the Applicant Academy. To demonstrate how the Applicant Academy meets the Standards for Membership of the IAACD, the application is required to include the following:

  1. Letter of application signed by the applicant academy’s President/Chair;
  2. Names and professions of Executive Committee and Governing Council (or equivalent positions);
  3. Identification of the geographic region represented;
  4. List of active members, their profession and locality in the region represented by the applicant academy;
  5. Copy of the applicant academy’s current constitution or Bylaws in English. The Constitution must adhere to the goals and standards of the IAACD as described in the Constitution;
  6. Proof of registration/incorporation as a not-for-profit organisation; and
  7. An annual budget and evidence of economic status of the organisation.
  8. Information about education events hosted or sponsored by the Applicant Academy that demonstrate that education is evidence-based (e.g., copies of event program schedules).

Application review process

The written application addressing items 1 – 8 (above) will be reviewed by the AMAC for the purposes of making a recommendation to the Governing Council or Steering Group. The process for forming the recommendation is as follows:

  1. The Chair of the AMAC will review completeness of documentation.
  2. Complete documentation will be sent to the AMAC for review against the Membership Criteria and Checklist (a copy of this can be found [link]).
  3. The Chair of the AMAC will provide written advice to the applicant academy, detailing the AMAC assessment of the application against the Standards as per the Checklist;
  4. One member of the AMAC may be assigned the role of liaison to the applicant academy. The liaison role is to support the applicant in addressing the Standards for membership as needed and support them in engaging with the IAACD as a Provisional Member;
  5. The liaison will report to the AMAC on discussions/progress/concerns at quarterly meetings or earlier as needed. Records of discussions and progress will be documented in the AMAC minutes, and kept in the shared drive, but do not form part of the application;
  6. Following receipt of a written application, and interim assessment by the AMAC the applicant academy shall be deemed a Provisional Member Academy;
  7. Within 12 months of becoming a Provisional Member Academy, the AMAC will provide a recommendation to the Governing Council (or Steering Group in the interim period) as to whether the Provisional Member Academy meets the Standards for IAACD Membership. This recommendation will be based on documentation provided in the original application and a subsequent report that details additional information or changes to the academy’s organisation that enable it to meet the Standards;
  8. The Governing Council is responsible for determining whether a Provisional Member Academy will be a full member; and
  9. If a Provisional Member Academy does not meet the Standards for membership within 12 months the application will lapse, and a new application will be required.