The EACD is one of the founding members of the International Alliance of Academies of Childhood Disability (IAACD). IAACD is an assembly of academies of childhood disability globally, and aims to capitalize on the efforts of colleagues from around the world who are leading regional childhood disability clinical and educational initiatives to support the best outcomes for children with child-onset disabilities and their families.
Professional societies have had an important role in promoting services for children with disabilities and their families – providing an environment for interdisciplinary collaboration, advancing best practices through research and training, and advocating for the service needs of these children and their families. The three Founding Academies of IAACD provide important demonstrations of the power of professional societies to make a difference.
Recognizing the importance of professional societies, and appreciating the global gap in access to this expertise, the three Founding Academies agreed to establish an alliance of developmental disability associations. The hope is that this alliance would combine individual strengths and support the creation of national and regional academies. These in turn would promote the development of professional capacity – being accessible by families and policy makers and sensitive to the cultural, social, geographic and political realities of their country or region. Please visit for more information: