Deadline: 10.02.2024

Supporting the Social Inclusion of Children and Young People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The Importance of the Interdisciplinary Approach

Call for Papers for a Conference in Warsaw, Poland, on March 21–22, 2024. Deadline: February 10, 2024

We are pleased to invite presentations for the upcoming conference on “Supporting the social inclusion of children and young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities: The importance of the interdisciplinary approach”. The conference is co-funded by the EU project titled: “Removal of barriers to social inclusion and social participation for children and young adults with Intellectual and developmental disabilities” [SIIDD], which has been operational since 2019 between 7 European universities based in Sweden, Norway, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Romania and Poland. More about the project:

Our project highlights the importance of multi-professional, interdisciplinary approaches to supporting the individual needs of children and adults with IDD and their families. We invite researchers, who identify tools and strategies in health, social work and education for social inclusion and for fostering interprofessional, cross-sector collaboration. We are also interested in works related to prevention and best practices for combatting barriers to social inclusion. We invite professionals from education, special pedagogy, social work, health service, nursing, and rehabilitation to join us for this important conference in Warsaw, Poland.

The event will start at about 14.00 on the 21st of March 2024 (Thursday) and will finish at about 16.00 on the 22nd of March 2024 (Friday). It will take place at The Maria Grzegorzewska University in Warsaw, Poland, which is the hub of special pedagogy, children’s rights, and social inclusion in Eastern-Central Europe. Map.

The University is located 20 mins. Ride from the Chopin Airport in Warsaw and a 10 mins. walk from the Zachodnia Train Station. The nearest hotel is IBIS Reduta and IBIS budget, located in Ochota district, only 3 mins. walk from the University’s campus.

Expressions of interest and a short 150 words abstract should be sent via the dedicated conference registration website Deadline for registration of abstracts: 10.02.2024.

Scientific Committee:

Prof. e. Margareta Ahlström, Stockholm University, Sweden

Dr Jude Tah, Stockholm University, Sweden

Prof. dr hab. Anna Odrowaz-Coates, The Maria Grzegorzewska University, Poland

Prof. dr hab. Joanna Madalińska-Michalak, University of Warsaw (UW), Poland

Prof. Michael Brown, Queens University, Belfast, UK

Dr Lynne Marsh, Queens University, Belfast, UK

Paul McAleer, Prof. Lead Learning Disability Nursing, Queens University, Belfast, UK

Prof. Florica Ortan, University of Oradea, Romania

Prof. Dr Julien Kiss, University of Oradea, Romania

Gamu Tendayi, Prof. Lead Learning Disability Nursing, University of Hertfordshire, UK

Prof. Anna Perkowska-Klejman, The Maria Grzegorzewska University, Poland

Prof. Dariusz Stępkowski, Cardinal Wyszyński University (UKSW), Poland

Sam Abdulla, Academic Lead for Practice Learning, Edinburgh Napier University

Prof. Keiji Fujiyoshi, President of ISA RC25, Japan

Local Organizing Committee:

Dr Cecilia Zsögön

Dr Marta Kulesza

Dr Ewa Dąbrowa (Editor of the edited volume)

Prof. Błażej Przybylski (PTP)

Dr Elżbieta Strutyńska-Laskus (PTP)


If you wish to publish your paper in the UNESCO Chair’s book series, please adhere to a short instruction* and send your paper to the volume editor Dr Ewa Dabrowa edab(at) by 10.02.2024 at the very latest. We aim to have the book published by the time of the event to share it with conference participants. Volume working title: Acceptance, Participation, Solidarity. The importance of the interdisciplinary approach. 2024.

Honorary Patronages

RC25 ISA, Polish Educational Research Association (PTP O. Warszawa), UNESCO Chair

The event is co-funded by European Union under Erasmus+ 2019-1-SE01-KA203-060425.

*Papers should be in English, max. 12 pages long: Times New Roman 12, with references APA 6 style. If the references are not in English a translation of the titles in [square bracket] should follow each entry. When you quote or refer to please use citations in brackets, not in footnotes (Smith 1989, 3). Full reference entries including all bibliographical data should be placed at the end, in the reference list.

Call for Papers (PDF)