The COVID-19 pandemic is a disruptive force, a crisis that at the same time accelerates and reveals the effects of exclusionary societal structures. There is value to humankind in embracing what has been undervalued in the past: to value diversity means to move forward on the path towards social inclusion for people with disabilities and towards equality for all. This matter needs to be seriously considered through scientific study and information sharing, through debate on how social structures exclude people with intellectual and developmental disabilities from participating in society.
Due to the current pandemic, this congress will be IASSID's first hybrid congress, that brings the two key elements of face-to-face and virtual events together. We will combine “live” in-person events with “virtual” online components for remote attendees. We also believe this hybrid format will allow many of you to join the congress, either on-site or online. When you submit an abstract for a presentation you can indicate if you are planning to join the congress online or on-site. In the run-up to the congress we will inform you further about the hybrid nature of the congress.