In 2016 EACD co-hosted the 28th Annual Meeting with the 5th International Cerebral Palsy Conference (ICPC) and the first meeting of the newly established International Alliance of Academies of Childhood Disability (IAACD) at the International Conference on Cerebral Palsy and other Childhood Onset Disabilities “CHALLENGE THE BOUNDARIES” in Stockholm.
The main rationale for the joint meeting was to avoid competition between several meetings in the field during the same time and to strengthen the establishment of an international meeting gathering professionals working with childhood disability from all over the world. The conference consequently built on the legacy from previous ICPC meetings in Quebec, Oulu, Sydney and Pisa, while it at the same time was the first in series of triennial meetings of IAACD, which was founded in 2014 by EACD, the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM); the Australian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AusACPDM). We are grateful that this attempt was very successful with 1560 participants from 68 countries from all over the world. The next IAACD/ICPC meeting is planned to be hosted by AACPDM in Anaheim, California 2019.
The title Challenge the Boundaries aimed to highlight the importance of challenging the different boundaries for children with neurodisabilities such as body and functional limitations, social barriers, geographical borders and economical divergences. This influenced the scientific programme which was extraordinary rich and covered a wide range of topics from basic science to public health and long term quality of life issues. The conference is so far the biggest in our field including 14 keynotes; 46 mini-symposia, panel discussions or controversies; 21 instructional courses; 140 oral presentations of free papers and 447 posters in addition to 7 pre-conference symposia.
The outstanding programme built on the contribution of the participants who well in advance had been invited to apply for organizing symposia or present free papers. About 100 applications had been submitted for organizing symposia and almost 800 abstracts had been submitted for free paper presentations. These were examined by 60 external reviewers.
Main keynote lectures were recorded during the conference and now are available for you
Making laws supporting persons with disability; a Swedish experience - by Bengt Westerberg, Sweden
The challenge of manpower development for child development – by Naila Khan, Bangladesh
Human rights of children with disability: reality or fantasy? – by Juan Bornman, South Africa
Working memory training as a clinical tool to improve working memory capacity and attention in everyday life – by Torkel Klingberg, Sweden
Using a framework of priorities & goals to define outcomes that matter: a tale of two measures – by Unni Narayanan, Canada
Achieving "disruptive innovation" for cerebral palsy – by Tamar Weiss, Israel
Risk and protective factors in the etiology of ASD; a missed translational opportunity – by Peter Szatmari, Canada
In Praise of Imperfection – by Richard Ellenson, USA