IAACD Structure

IAACD Governing Council 

The Governing Council consists of delegates appointed by member academies. It is the assembly through which the member academies participate in the governing of the IAACD. The Governing Council elects officers and members of the Executive Committee.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee consists of President, Secretary and Treasurer and six ordinary members with at least one member from the following regions:

  1. Africa and the Middle East
  2. Asia
  3. Oceania
  4. Europe
  5. North America
  6. Latin America & the Caribbean Islands

IAACD Committees

Click on Committee Title below to see the responsibilities and members of each.

IAACD sub-committees

The Executive committee will appoint members to the following standing sub-committees:

Chair: Jenny Carroll, EACD



Arnab Seal EACD
Nana Tatishvili EACD
Peter Rosenbaum AACPDM
Bernadette Gillick AACPDM
Jason Howard AACPDM
Claudia Duran AMEXPCTND
Ana Carolina Campos ALDID
Selamenesh Tsige EAACD
Louisa Mudawarima SA-ChilD
Jacqui Bezuidenhout SA-ChilD
Saraji Wijesekara SLACD
Guorong Wei CARM-PRC
Dr Lu hongyun CARM-PRC
Prof. Jiangzhimei CARM-PRC
Dr.Meenakshi Girish IACP
Kath Benfer AusACPDM
Gaela Kilgour AusACPDM
Kate Oyieke EAACD


  1. Help promote a common global standard of knowledge, training and multi-disciplinary practice, with an aim to improve the life chances and participation of disabled children and young people in their communities
  2. Develop and maintain a core curriculum for health professional training in childhood onset disability.
  3. Encourage measures to make the educational material easily accessible and locally available.
  4. Promote and facilitate development of educational faculty to disseminate training in childhood onset disability.
  5. Foster local/regional networks and international partnerships to disseminate training, implement best practice and promote multi-disciplinary working in childhood onset disability.
  6. Define and monitor underpinning IAACD governance, ethical standards and principles of curriculum development and dissemination of
  7. Present an annual report to the Executive Committee and Member

Chair: Noula Gibson, AusACPDM

Co-Chair: Megan Auld, AusACPDM


Hilda Feys EACD
Darcy Fehlings AACPDM
Roslyn Boyd AACPDM
Jiulai Tang CARM-PRC
Carol deCampos ALDID
Egmar Longo ALDID
Isabel De Antunano AMEXPCTND
Gillian Saloojee SA-CHILD
Cathy Morgan AusACPDM
Anna te Velde AusACPDM
Susan Wamithi EAACD
Saraji Wijesekara SLACD
Sabine Vincon EACD


  1. Promote the development of evidence-based best practice recommendations/guidelines/care pathways that take into account regional/cultural/environmental variation
  2. Prioritize the development of recommendations that are identified by health care professionals from lower to middle income countries as topic areas of the highest need
  3. Support the adaptation of the best practice recommendations to meet the needs of different regions
  4. Support the implementation of the recommendations internationally
  5. Provide leadership for the development of a mechanism to support ease of access to best practice recommendations globally
  6. Present an annual report to the Executive Committee and Member

Chair: Prof Roslyn Boyd, PT


Prof. Darcy Fehlings AACPDM
Krisy Bjornson AACPDM
Prof Unni Narrayan MD AACPDM
Mrs Asha Chitnise IACP
Dr Kirsty Stewart, OT AusACPD
Dr Elegast Monbaliu, PT EACD
Dr Selamenesh Tsige EACD
Dr Sylvain Brochard, MD EACD
Dr Wei Pang China
Dr Xiang Chen China
Dr Egmar Longo ALDID
Dr Ana Carolina de Campos ALDID
Dr. Natalie Benjamin-Damons SA Child


  1. The duty of the Conference Planning Committee shall be to recommend to the Executive Committee a host Member Academy and venue for the next IAACD Conference to take place at an interval of 3-4 years, taking into consideration continental sequence where appropriate.
  2. Member Academies of the IAACD will apply to host the IAACD Conference, instructions for which will be detailed in the Administrative Procedures Manual. The final selection will be made by the Executive Committee by simple majority
  3. A member of the IAACD Conference Planning Committee will serve as a Co-Chair of the Host Member Academy’s Scientific Program Committee to ensure international coverage of the IAACD
  4. Upon request from Member Academies give support in organizing the scientific programme in local and regional

Chair: Deirdre McDowell


Hayley Smithers Sheedy; SLP AusACPDM
Christine Imms AusACPDM
Mintaze Kerem Gunel EACD
Ginny Paleg AACDPM
Andrew Khasiani EAACD
A K. Purohit IACP
Taral Nagda IACP


The major purpose of this committee is to advise and, if appropriate, to support efforts of existing academies who desire to be a part of the IAACD or any regional group of professionals who are considering forming an academy of childhood onset disability. The AMAC committee and its members do not hold final responsibility for deciding membership. AMAC activities to support applicant academies will consist of, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Informing them about the goals and purposes of the Alliance, requirements for membership, and the application and approval process;
  2. Assisting academies or groups in the application process;
  3. Reviewing applications and present them to the Governing Council or Executive Committee as appropriate; and
  4. Providing advice on governance and management structures that support effective society operations.

In addition to supporting new member academy applications, the AMAC will support the operations of the IAACD through establishing governance procedures including, but not limited to, receiving and reviewing Member Academy Annual Reports as part of the process of ensuring Member Academies continue to meet membership Standards and the objectives of the IAACD.

For more information about becoming a Member Academy click here or email to membership@iaacd.net

Chair: Sruthi Thomas


Jesssice Pruente AACPDM
Cilla Springer South Africa
Rachel Toovey AusACPDM
Sian Williams AusACPDM
Nusrat Said EAACD
Dr. G. Shashikala IACP
Isabel De Antunano AMEXPCTND
Elisabet Bousquet EACD
Liang Bing CARM-PRC
Jiujun Qiu CARM-PRC
María José Martinez Cáceres ALDID
Hellen Kumire SA-Child
Alvaro Hidalgo Robles EACD
Sruthi Thomas AACPDM
Amanda Kwong AusACPDM
Sylvia Mochabo EAACD


The communication goal is to create effective communication channels, processes and practices that are open, integrated and meaningful.

  1. Establish visibility of the IAACD – internally and externally;
  2. IAACD should be a vehicle for openness in sharing and seeking information, including decision making processes;
  3. Defined, useful channels, processes and practices for timely information flow accessible to all;
  4. Targeted communication of the value and potential impact of IAACD.

Chair: Francisco Valencia


Joshua Hyman AACPDM
Sylvia Ounpuu AACPDM
K.D. Mallikarjuna IACP
Matena Valverde AMEXPCTND
Therese Miller EACD
Tessa deVries AusACPD
Perpetua Omondi EAACD
Claudine Storbeck SA-Child
Kim Clayworth AusACPDM
Sarah McIntyre AusACPDM
Anina Ritterband-Rosenbaum EACD



  1. Assist the Treasurer and Executive Committee in setting operating budgets for IAACD activity each year
  2. Identify funding sources to assist the IAACD in its role in supporting clinicians in developing parts of the world to deliver best-practice care for people with disabilities
  3. Explore options for philanthropic funding which promotes the broad vision of IAACD in connecting the child disability workforce around the world, to improve outcomes for people with disabilities
  4. Consider other novel fund raising activities, including holding key events which aim to raise awareness and funding for IAACD

Chair: Gulam Khandaker


Susan Wamithi EAACD
Steph Deluca AACPDM
Jessica Rose AACPDM
Raúl Alejandro Díaz González Santibáñez MACPND
Nelleke Langerak SAACD
Melissa Gladstone EACD
Jill Heathcock AACPDM
Chris Morris EACD
Jenny Downs AusACPDM
Israt Jahan AusACPDM
Thalini Madushika SLACD
Maria Consuelo Ibarra AMEXPCTND



1. Collaboration & Priority Areas

  • Develop and maintain strong links and collaboration with partner academy research committees.
  • Encourage international collaborations and networks of clinicians and researchers willing to support research activity in all disciplines and at all levels of childhood disability.
  • Identify and support multi-centre collaborative research opportunities that service to increase pace and quality of new knowledge development.
  • Identify priority areas for research that will impact LMIC countries, building North-South teams that establish programmatic areas of focus linked to potential granting sources.

2. Research Skill Development

  • Support teaching of research skills, literacy and development of research capacity [people/resource] to undertake childhood disability research, particularly in countries with limited resources, infrastructure and research traditions (LMIC).
  • Promote informal (workshops, mentorship) and formal (Masters, PhD) research skill development [people/resource] related to childhood disability research in countries with limited resources, infrastructure and research traditions (LMIC) (In collaboration with Global Professional Education Committee

3. Advocacy & Awareness

  • Promote awareness and accessibility of research findings including critical appraisal to identify trustworthy evidence. (In collaboration with Clinical Best Practice Committee)
  • Encourage and assist people in the field including families, young people and clinicians, other professionals and carers to identify shared research priorities.

4. Dissemination & Publication

  • Encourage and support researchers from LMICs on dissemination of research findings (particularly publication and presentation at international forums).
  • Provide leadership globally to support generation, synthesis and publication of high-quality research on all aspects of childhood disability with a priority for needs driven research developing evidence to inform decision-making from national policies to individual personal level.
  • Provide leadership in challenging and advocating against the publication and spread of poor-quality research, predatory publishing and commercial promotion of services based on low quality research.

Chair: Jenny Carroll


Tom Novacheck AACPDM
Arturo Pichardo AMEXPCTND
Sarah Love AusACPDM
Jiiulai Tang CARMPRC
Shabina Ahmed IACP
Kirsty Donald SA-ChilD
Genunu Hewwitharana SLACD
Kate Oyieke EAACD



The responsibility of the Nominating Committee is to ensure the Governing Council receives nominations to be able to elect a balanced and functional Executive Committee that complies with the constitution.

Each year the Nominating Committee prepares a list of positions of the Executive Committee that need to be filled for the following year, invites nominations from Member Academies, and proposes candidates to fill these positions. Proposals must have due consideration for expertise, geographic distribution, discipline, and gender balance. The proposal is presented to the Governing Council which has the responsibility to elect members and officers.