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  • 7 Apr 2022 15:00 | Anonymous

    The war in Ukraine due to the invasion by the Russian Army is having a devastating impact on the country’s children with disabilities. Families are terrified, in shock, and desperate for safety. In conflict, children with disabilities are among the most vulnerable. They often require specialized treatment and services. Without access to services, schools and assistive products like wheelchairs, many children with disabilities face a very real risk of exclusion, neglect and stigmatization as the war continues.

    As of 20 March 2022, The World Health Organisation (WHO) has verified 52 attacks on health care in 25 days. This is, of course, unacceptable and health care must always be protected. The attacks on medical and education facilities have decimated the Ukraine’s health and education systems. It is estimated that more than 4 million people have been forced to leave the country, including thousands of children. This has hit children with disabilities the hardest, leaving many without access to specialized care and accessible education facilities they need.

    The implications cannot be underestimated. Lack of access to proper medical and psychological care will prolong or worsen injuries and disabling conditions among children. The risk of being exposed to violence and facing difficulties to access basic services including health and education are exponentially higher for children with disabilities. The risk of violence, exploitation, abuse and neglect for children with disabilities is even further heightened by the death of or separation from caregivers. On top of this, families of children with disabilities in a conflict often lack the means or ability to provide their children with the assistive equipment they need, while neighbouring countries are hosting an unprecedented number of refugees from Ukraine. The refugee flow is adding a huge strain on service provision, challenging Ukrainian and host communities’ access to the required services and care to families who have children with disabilities.

    Therefore, on behalf of children with disabilities affected by the conflict in Ukraine, the European Academy of Childhood Disability (EACD) and partners are asking those involved in the war, those who have influence over them, all neighbouring countries and the international community for the following actions for children with disabilities inside Ukraine and refugee-host countries:

    1) Invest in providing lifesaving support and long-term rehabilitation services, including psychosocial support and mental health care for children with disabilities.

    2) Provide children with disabilities early passage across borders and ensure safeguarding of the human rights of children with disabilities and their access to basic services including health and nutrition, education, child protection and shelter.

    3) Increase financial assistance to families with children with disabilities to help provide access to assistive products like wheelchairs, canes and prosthetics.

    4) Produce and provide a resource containing information on relevant local rehabilitation resources, care facilities, family support resources and any other information that may help the children with disabilities to access care readily.

    5) Provide flexible, unrestricted, multi-year funding to meet the needs of children, including those with disabilities and their families to increase their access to specialized services.

    6) Support reconstruction and recovery efforts by prioritising the needs of children, including children with disabilities.

    7) End all restrictions on the delivery of humanitarian aid to children and their families within Ukraine.

    Download link: Open letter - Appeal for Action - EACD April 2022.pdf

    on behalf of the EACD General Management Committee

  • 31 Mar 2022 15:00 | Anonymous

    This Summer School is organized by the University of Pisa from 11 – 15 July 2022 as a part of a project funded by the European Commission “BornToGetThere” with the support of the IRCCS Fondazione Stella Maris and of the European Academy of Childhood Disability (EACD). This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 848201. The 5-day course is a practical and immersive experience, covering the models, the procedures and instruments that are recommended internationally to plan and conduct clinical and research activities for Early Detection, surveillance and intervention in children at risk for Cerebral Palsy (CP). It will be based on international guidelines, effective models of knowledge translation, and guided by good clinical and human ethics practice. The course faculty will be constituted of international experts in the field of childhood disability research and clinical care.

    The aims of the Summer School are: 1) to raise awareness of the participants about the practical pathways for the implementation of Early diagnosis and Intervention guidelines of CP as feasible, sustainable and culturally modified for different environments; 2) to elevate the participants’ knowledge of the surveillance and early intervention methods and models iii) to promote international collaboration for the advancement of early care and parallel research efforts with children at risk of CP and their families.

    Click here to find out more about the BornToGetThere Summer School 2022!

  • 15 Mar 2022 12:00 | Anonymous

    The posts of Chair-Elect (Term 2022-2026; 1 year as Chair-Elect, 3 years as Chair), GMC Member & Communication Officer (Term 2022-2025), and GMC Member & National Networks Officer (Term 2022-2025) will be up for election at the next EACD Annual General Meeting (May 19th, 2022) during the EACD Barcelona 2022 Meeting. Dr. Arnab Seal will finish his term as Chair in 2023. Dr. Lorna Wales will finish her second term as GMC Member in 2022 and is not eligible for re-election. Prof. Jeroen Vermeulen will finish his first term as GMC Member in 2022 and is eligible for re-election. These positions offer an exciting opportunity to shape and guide the activities of the EACD. Should you have any queries about any of the vacancies, or interest in applying for any of these positions, please contact Prof. Elegast Monbaliu, EACD Secretary, or Prof. Nana Tatishvili, Chair of the Nominations Committee. We would kindly like to ask members of EACD who would like to apply for any of the above-mentioned vacancies in the EACD General Management Committee to please send your Curriculum Vitae and Motivation letter to admin@eacd.org by at latest March 31st, 2022 as part of the official election procedure

  • 21 Feb 2022 12:00 | Anonymous

    Under the meeting theme 'Childhood Disability in a Changing World', EACD Europe 2021 looked back on the direct and indirect effects of COVID-19 on the area of childhood disability, from the use of remote consultation methods and tele-medicine up to the mental health impact. But also looked forward to the newest trends in rehabilitation and care, the possibilities for user-professionals partnerships, and the latest developments in technology and innovation.

    Around 600 delegates from 54 different countries joined us during this innovative, fully virtual meeting with four Thematic days spread over four consecutive weeks. During these weeks, the participants have been presented 22 keynotes, 71 oral communications, 194 poster presentations, and 4 satellite symposia. Furthermore, EACD Europe 2021 is proud to have hosted the launch of the EACD Early Career Researchers' Forum, and the inaugural meeting of the Early Intervention in Developmental Disabilities Special Interest Group.

    EACD Europe 2021 Program is here.

    Recordings of the EACD Europe 2021 keynote lectures are available for EACD members on EACD educational webpage: https://edu.eacd.org/lectures


  • 9 Feb 2022 11:36 | Anonymous

    Nominate your candidate for the Elsass Foundation Research Prize 2023 now! To be considered, nominations must be submitted in English here before May 31st, 2022. Every second year the Elsass Foundation Research Prize is awarded by the protector of the Elsass Foundation, Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte at the foundations’ premises in Charlottenlund, Denmark. The prize recognizes researchers that have - and continue to make - an exceptional contribution within the field of cerebral palsy (CP).

    Prize amount

    The prize is DKK 1.000.000 (equivalent of 150.000 €). It is a combined personal prize of DKK 250.000. (37.500 €) and a research grant of DKK 750.000. (112.500 €). It is preferably given to one person only, but it may also be shared by several researchers. Nomination of candidates within all areas of CP research and sciences, with any professional background are welcome.

    Selection Committee

    Members of the committee are appointed among internationally recognized researchers with

    extensive expertise and knowledge in the field of CP:

    • Thomas Sinkjær, Chairman and Professor in Neurorehabilitation and Neurotechnology, DK
    • Roslyn Boyd, Professor of Cerebral Palsy Research, PhD (PT), AU
    • Giovanni Cioni, Professor of Child Neurology, IT
    • Darcy L. Fehlings, Professor, CA
    • Bernard Dan, Professor and former prize recipient, BE

    Click here and nominate your candidate!

    About The Elsass Foundation: The Elsass Foundation is a private foundation from Denmark working to improve the quality of life for people with cerebral palsy (CP) and their families. The Elsass Foundation works across a wide range of areas, including research, knowledge dissemination, developing activity programmes and providing funding to institutions, associations and individuals. The foundation was established in 1975 following a donation by Helene Elsass, who had CP. Her wish was to establish a foundation that could help others with cerebral palsy to the greatest extent possible. The Elsass Foundation is a proactive foundation which strives to keep abreast of the latest research and knowledge in the field of CP. All activities are structured so as to revolve around our mission to improve the quality of life for people with cerebral palsy (CP). One of the primary goals is to help ensure that people with cerebral palsy attain the greatest possible level of independence and autonomy   -   Website: https://www.elsassfonden.dk/en/

  • 7 Dec 2021 12:00 | Anonymous

    In May 2020, EACD set up a Technology & Innovation Task Force, currently led by Prof. Sylvain Brochard and Dr. Christelle Pons. Technology and innovative solutions are making more and more a difference in our society as well as in paediatric rehabilitation. In fact, in some cases technologies and innovative solutions could improve rehabilitation practices in complementary with traditional approaches. However, most initiatives in this area relevant to our community are still mostly from local/regional initiatives, and which kind of technologies and innovations exactly are used, or not used, in paediatric rehabilitation at the moment is still rather unknown. Therefore, the EACD Technology & Innovation Task Force aims to develop a vision at the European level by making visible the needs for people with childhood-onset disabilities and by promoting innovation targeted on this group.

    As one of the Action Points, EACD has prepared with a number of partners the RehaTech4Child survey! The aim of the RehaTech4Child Survey led by EACD is to identify the digital technologies (e.g., robotic devices and treadmill systems, virtual reality and gaming systems, telehealth) that are used in clinical practices throughout Europe, and to explore the barriers and facilitators in the use of these new technologies in clinical practice. This knowledge would eventually help in designing the future technological developments based on the feedback from rehabilitation professionals. 

    In order to reach out to as many people as possible, the survey has been translated into 20 different languages due to the invaluable support of our RehaTech4Child Steering Group, our EACD National Coordinators and many others.

    Please find below a list of links to the survey in all available languages:

    EnglishGermanFrenchSpanishItalianPortugueseTurkishPolishDutchSwedishFinnishDanishRomanianUkrainianGeorgianCroatianSerbianSloveneLithuanian and Estonian.  


  • 18 Nov 2021 12:00 | Anonymous

    As became apperently clear during the COVID-19 pandemic, technology and innovative solutions are crucial in this day and age for providing the best possible care for people with a childhood-onset disability. As such, the European Academy of Childhood Disability will be hosting a webinar event at December 7th, 2021, 19:30-21:30h CET (Brussels time) on 'The Power of New Technologies in Childhood Rehabilitation', with presentations from the EACD Secretary (Prof. Elegast Monbaliu), the winner of the EACD2021 Technology & Innovation Award (Rowan Johnson, MSc), and the winner of the EACD2021 Early Career Researcher Award (Saranda Bekteshi, MSc).


  • 4 Nov 2021 12:00 | Anonymous

    We are pleased to inform you that on November 8th, 2021 from 14:00-16:30h CET (Brussels time), the 3rd Transatlantic Surgery Webinar will be organised. This years’ Transatlantic Surgery Webinar will be focused on ‘Gastroc-Soleus Lenghtening / Tendon Achilles Lengthening in Cerebral Palsy, World Perspectives: a Review of Techniques’. The online webinar event will be 2.5 hours. Registration for this event is free of charge! During the webinar on November 8th, recorded surgeries covering the whole spectrum of surgical techniques used to correct the equine foot in patients with cerebral palsy will be shared online from twelve operating theatres in Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Israel, Lebanon, Poland, Russia, and the United States of America. The surgeries will be presented simultaneously and live-commented by faculty members in the e-studio. As for the educational objectives of our webinar, the organisers aim to teach the basic surgical techniques used in the management of the orthopaedic problems of patients with Cerebral Palsy, present the minimally invasive versions of the surgeries used in the equine foot, discuss main indications and contraindications for presented surgical techniques, and show tips and tricks and how to avoid possible pitfalls when performing presented surgical techniques. 

    This years’ webinar event is endorsed by the European Academy of Childhood Disability (EACD), the European Paediatric Orthopaedic Society (EPOS), and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA), and will be organised by a truly international team, including orthopedic surgeons from Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, as well as from North and South America. As in the previous years, this event will be a great opportunity to promote medical education to enhance the care of children with Cerebral Palsy. Moreover, we hope this event will be of great interest to a wide variety of professions, including among other physiotherapists, (pediatric) orthopaedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, paediatricians and other medical specialists from all over the world. The first webinar event in 2019 became quite successful with an audience of over 7000 people, and the following year had an audience of 12 000 people from 28 countries.

    Scientific Committee:
    Bartosz Musielak
    Elisabet Rodby-Bousquet
    Michael Wade Shrader
    Marek Jozwiak

  • 13 Sep 2021 12:00 | Anonymous

    On behalf of the Organizing Committee of the 34th European Academy Of Childhood Disability (EACD) Annual Meeting, it will be a great pleasure to welcome you to Barcelona, from May 18 to May 21, 2022

    The program will provide an innovative and comprehensive overview of the advances in basic, translational and clinical research; we will be able to discuss new developments in the diagnosis, practice and management of Childhood Disability, promoting the highest standards of care and support for the patients and families. The 34th EACD Annual Meeting will also provide a key interdisciplinary platform for all participants, not only to share knowledge and the most recent advances but also to discuss practical, real -world challenges, all under the Meeting Theme: "Networking Knowledge into Actions".

    Barcelona is a magnificent and cosmopolitan city, a perfect venue for the congress thanks to its privileged position on the Mediterranean coast. It has been the gateway and home of several ancient cultures that have always represented the essence of art, culture and progress. The local organizing committee hopes to greet you in person, but due to the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic, our meeting will be fully hybrid, with the possibility of attending in person or online. If you can join us, we will do everything possible to make your stay in Barcelona a useful, pleasant as possible and a truly unforgettable experience.

    We look forward to meeting you in Barcelona!!

    Dr. Mercedes Martínez Moreno, MD

    President of the Local Organizing Committee 

    Dr. Lourdes Macias Merlo, PT
    President of the Local Scientific Committee 

    Click here to go directly to our EACD Barcelona 2022 - Registration page
  • 2 Sep 2021 12:00 | Anonymous

    The scientific committee of the 34th Annual Meeting of the European Academy of Childhood Disability (EACD) invites you to submit abstracts for a mini-symposium, instructional course, oral communication and/or poster presentation. Be aware that only abstracts following the Guidelines for Abstract Submission (see here) will be accepted.

    With our motto "Networking knowledge into actions" we invite authors from all fields and professions surrounding children and adults with disabilities to submit their topics. With improving networks of care and better web connectivity, collaborative working across boundaries has prospered within Europe and across our global community. We would welcome submissions where such collaborations has led to a change in practice, influenced outcomes, offered benefits or thrown up some challenges. All abstracts related to childhood-onset disabilities are welcome, including those on treatment, prevention, early detection, early intervention, transition and lifespan issues, parents' and siblings’'experiences, adult research, health systems, engineering in disability, basic sciences, social science research and ethics.

    We are interested in receiving submissions across a large number of conditions, including cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury (traumatic, stroke, cancer), neuromuscular disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, obstetrical brachial plexus palsy, spinal disorders, intellectual impairments, learning disabilities, profound intellectual and multiple disabilities, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, sensory impairments, genetic syndromes (e.g. Down, Rett, ...), rare diseases (e.g. neurometabolic, neurodegenerative, ...) and all other neurodevelopmental conditions.

    Key dates:

    Mini-symposia & Instructional courses:
    18 October 2021: Abstracts Submission deadline

    12 November 2021: Notifications to submitting authors

    Oral communications & Poster presentations:
    30 November 2021: Extended Abstract Submission deadline

    17 January 2022: Notifications to submitting authors

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