The Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability is a nearly 50 year old organisation that champions research and evidence-based best practice in the field of intellectual disability. It is well respected amongst people with intellectual disabilities and their families, providers of services to people with intellectual disabilities and all levels of government departments concerned with people with disabilities.
ASID operates as a company (limited by Guarantee) and its local activity is managed across its seven Divisions- six in Australia (New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia) and one in New Zealand.
ASID’s annual conference is the premier event led by the ASID Board. The Board has a longstanding tradition of rotating the conference’s location around the divisional regions so that everyone gets the opportunity to take full advantage of new ideas, innovations and be challenged.
The conference showcases current research and practice across Australia and New Zealand. It typically attracts some 300-400 enthusiastic people from a wide range of backgrounds and organisations throughout Australasia and beyond. The conference enables those involved with intellectual disability to learn about each other’s challenges, resources and achievements.