Working Group on Intellectual Disability
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The WPA Working Group (WG) on Intellectual Disability (ID) has been tasked with the following:
Develop a Global Framework for Action in Intellectual Disability (Intellectual Developmental Disorder)
Enhance Visibility, Engagement and Leadership in Intellectual disabilities (Intellectual Developmental Disorders)
Prioritize capacity development with regards Policies, Plans and Guidance on Interventions, Clinical & Research Training and Medical Education related to Intellectual Disability (Intellectual Developmental Disorder) within a Neurodevelopmental and Lifespan framework.
Prioritize the Work of the Membership in Low-Resource Countries
Work with other Action Plan 2020-2023 Working Groups to ensure that classification and management are coordinated
Collaborate with the World Health Organization (WHO) Development Group to prepare an evidence-based package of rehabilitation interventions (PRI) across service delivery platforms in low-resource countries.
Working Group Leadership Team
MD, MPH, DSc, child and adolescent & adult psychiatrist; USA
Working Group Members
Muideen O. Bakare,
MB BS, FMCPsych, consultant psychiatrist; Nigeria
MD; child and adolescent psychiatrist; Turkey
Satish C. Girimaji
MB BS, child and adolescent psychiatrist; India
MD, child and adolescent and adult psychiatrist; Mexico
Marco O. Bertelli
MD, psychiatrist and psychotherapist; Italy
MD, PhD, psychiatrist; Australia
Organise collaborative and inter-sectional symposia and workshops during the WPA World Congresses, as well as Thematic and Regional Meetings.
Develop a range of recorded lectures, live and recorded webinars, and resource documents
Support development of in-country capacity in low-resource settings through the facilitation of high impact activities and regional collaborations that leverage, share and disseminate relevant content
Prepare a report on “IDD: A Global Framework for Action” emphasizing global inter-sector service, training and medical education goals
Collaborate on articles in scientific journals as well as chapters in leading textbooks with specific reference to the dissemination of the evidence-based knowledge
Partner with national and global institutions including the WHO, UNICEF, NIH, Welcome Trust, Grand Challenges in Mental Health, and International Initiate for Disability Leadership (IIDL), among others, to obtain funding in support of good clinical practice, research and training with relevance to low resource countries
Support government initiatives, plans, policies as they intersect with the WG ID remit
Develop joint initiatives with other Working Groups and Scientific Sections, in the salient areas of public mental health, child and adolescent & youth mental health, comorbidity, etc.
Provide a selection of evidence-based interventions appropriate for service delivery platforms in low-resource regions
Create a list of the training and resources required to implement selected requisite interventions.
Working Group Publications
Textbook of Psychiatry for Intellectual Disability and Autism Spectrum Disorder
Editors: Marco O. Bertelli, Shoumitro (Shoumi) Deb, Kerim Munir, Angela Hassiotis, Luis Salvador-Carulla
Represents a comprehensive treatise for trainees and professionals
Includes detailed consideration of etiopathogenetic factors, clinical features, assessment procedures, diagnostic criteria, treatment, and prognosis
Provides a wide overview that will be also interesting for a variety of professionals