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President Timmons honoured by international organization

Posted: August 17, 2016 11:30 a.m.

President Dr. Vianne Timmons (l) is honoured by Dr. Phil Davidson, president of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
President Dr. Vianne Timmons (l) is honoured by Dr. Phil Davidson, president of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Photo courtesy of Geoffrey Pfitzner

University of Regina President Dr. Vianne Timmons has been honoured by the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD), an organization she has served for nearly 20 years.

At the association’s World Congress in Melbourne, Australia, Timmons was named a Fellow of the organization. It’s the highest honour and one that is reserved for individuals who have been deemed by their peers to have made longstanding and significant contributions to the field of intellectual disability.

“It is a great honour and very humbling to be recognized in this way,” says Timmons. “More importantly, however, I am pleased that over the years I have been able to work with so many wonderful colleagues who share such a strong commitment to improving the quality of life of persons with intellectual disabilities worldwide.”

During her career, Timmons has participated in a number of research projects related to intellectual disability, including exploring the connections between inclusive education and children’s health, as well as helping develop an inclusive education curriculum that was implemented in India.  

She has also served two four-year terms as IASSIDD Secretary, as well as a term as President-Elect during which she chaired the 2012 Halifax World Congress. She has served as the organization’s President since 2012, and will remain on the association’s executive as Past President until 2019.

Founded in 1964, the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is the world’s leading association dedicated to the scientific study of intellectual disabilities.  

Its mission is to promote the development of new knowledge, research and other scholarly activities, as well as the application of knowledge, to improve the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and those who support them.

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