• 8.30 - 9.00


    09:00 - 9:30

    Conference Opening and Welcome Addresses 

    Prof Ian Gray, Conference Chair, Vice-Pres for Research Emeritus, MSU

    Dr Geraldine Leader, National University of Ireland Galway, and Director of Research DOCTRID 

     Professor Lokesh Joshi   -  Vice President Research, National University of Ireland Galway

    Provost June Pierce Youatt, Provost and Executive Vice President, Michigan State University

    Ms Natalya Jackson, Chief Executive Officer, Daughters of Charity Disability Support Service


    Session I:       Ageing, Health and Well-being

    Moderator:   Prof Mary McCarron, Trinity College Dublin

    Speaker 1:    Prof Mary McCarron

    Understanding the Determinants of Health and Well-being for People Ageing with an Intellectual Disability: Key insights from Longitudinal Studies.

    Speaker 2:    Pamela Dunne CNS Dementia, Daughters of Charity Disability Support Services

                          The power of digital technology in giving meaning to life for people living with dementia. 

    Speaker 3:     Dr Niamh Mulryan Clinical Director, Daughters of Charity Disability Support Services

                          The association of life events and mental ill health in older adults with intellectual disability

    10:45 - 11:15


    11:15 - 12:30

    Session II:    Pre-School to School

    Moderator:   Dr Geraldine Leader, National University of Ireland, Galway

     Speaker 1:    Dr Sharon Milberger, Director of the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute

                           Promoting Health and Wellness in Children with Autism and other Neurodevelopmental Disabilities  

     Speaker 2:    Dr Arlene Mannion, National University of Ireland Galway and Dr Bernie Kirkpatrick, National University of Ireland Galway 

                          The use of Assistive Technology in the Treatment of Sleep Problems in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

     Speaker 3:    Ms Vivienne Finn Co-ordinator School Age Disability Team, Daughters of Charity Disability Support Services

                           School Age Disability Services in Dublin North West - Achievements and Challenges

    12:30 - 13:00

    Fionnathan – Transition from School to What’s Next on a Pioneering Path 

    Fionnathan Productions is a not-for-profit Social Enterprise
    "We are a father and son team, planning to change the world."

    13:00 - 13:45


    13:15 - 14:30

    POSTER Session – Session I & II

    14:30 - 16:30

                             WORKSHOPS Co-ordinator Ms Lynnae Ruttledge

    - Workshop Session I – Moderator Prof Mary McCarron 

    Dementia and Down syndrome: Awareness, Hope and Service Transformation

    3 case study presentations from front line staff at the Daughters of Charity Disability Support Services

    - Workshop Session II – Moderator Dr Geraldine Leader 

    16:30 - 17:00

    Coffee and Reporting Back from Workshops  co-ordinator Ms Lynnae Ruttledge

    17:00 - 18:00

    Workshops reporting (Q&A)

    19:30 - late

    Conference Dinner       Hotel Meyrick , Eyre Square, Galway

  • 08:15 - 08:30


    08:30 - 09:15

    Opening:            Prof Michael Leahy  -  Michigan State University -

                                           The Hegarty Fellowships

                                Dr Nigel Newbutt - University of West England

                     Review and reflections of the ASSISTID Fellowship Programme

    09:15 - 10:30

    Session III:  School to 3rd Level and/or Employment

    Moderator:      Dr Connie Sung, Associate Prof, Michigan State University
    Speaker 1:       Dr Connie Sung

    Supporting a Positive Transition into Adulthood for Youth with Developmental Disabilities through Multi-Agency Collaboration

    Speaker 2:      Dr Helen Connaughton, Senior Educational Psychologist Daughters of Charity Disability Support Services

    An exploration of the experiences of one student with a significant Intellectual Disability who participated in a Personalised Transition Project based on Social Role Valorisation Theory 

    Speaker 3:     Ms Lesley Hynes –  Service Manager Training Enterprise & Employment, Daughters of Charity Disability Support Services

    The lived experience of New Directions

    10:30 - 11:00


    11:00 - 12:15

    Session IV:  Pre-natal – First 1000 days

    Moderator: Dr. Nigel Paneth, Paediatrician, Michigan State University

    Speaker 1:  Dr Geraldine Leader – National University of Ireland, Galway

                       Gastrointestinal Symptoms in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

    Speaker 2:  Dr. Nigel Paneth, Paediatrician, Michigan State University

                       Opportunities for the prevention of developmental disabilities.

    Speaker 3:  Dr Orla Flanagan, Paediatrician, Brothers of Charity & National University of Ireland Galway  

                       Early signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Paediatrician's role in the diagnostic process.

    12:15 - 12:45

           Inclusive Research Network

              Doctors and Us Study

    12:45 - 13:15


    12:45 - 14:00

    POSTER Session – Sessions III & IV

    14:00 - 16:00

    WORKSHOPS Co-ordinator Ms Lynnae Ruttledge

    Workshop Session III – Moderator Dr Connie Sung,                              

    Cathy Sweeney, Manager Phoenix View, DoC  -
    Supporting a school leaver with ASD using Social Role Valorization

    Workshop Session IVModerator Dr Nigel Paneth 

    16:00 - 16:30


    16:30 - 17:15

    Workshops Reporting and Q&A   co-ordinator Ms Lynnae Ruttledge


    Conference Close. Prof Ian Gray & Dr. Geraldine Leader