ONLINE, 25.11.2020 - 28.11.2020

Exploring transition from childhood to adulthood through co-working between families and professionals to enhance practice and participation.




1.     Allow families to gain and share information in relation to transition.

2.     Allow professionals to share experience about transition.

3.     Allow parents and the people concerned to share and contrast their views with those of professionals reciprocally to improve practice and understanding of the transition process.

4.     Improve knowledge and favor appropriate decisions for the welfare of people living with disabilities and facilitate the transition into adulthood.




The ICF (2001) recognizes participation as an outcome for therapy or educational interventions for children, adults and families. It is vital to provide appropriate information, define goals and discuss means jointly thus empowering families and disabled people for decision making. These principles are highlighted by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (2006) and underly the increasing involvement of families within the EACD conference e.g. jointly chaired sessions. The first family forum was organized at EACD in Paris 2019 to bring families from different European countries together to discuss their personal experiences in caring for children with disabilities. Now, two linked mini-symposiums involving parents, families and individuals with disabilities, professionals and those concerned will address the issue of transition to adulthood.



  • ·       Anna Andrzejewska, Polish Association for Persons with Intellectual Disability Warszawa, Poland
  • ·       Alain Chatelin, Fondation Paralysie Cérébrale France
  • ·       Reidun Jahnsen, Professor Oslo University Norway and leader of CPOP Norway.
  • ·       Mark Peterson, Associate professor University of Michigan, USA
  • ·       Elisabet Rodby Bousquet, Associate professor, Lund and Uppsala University, Sweden
  • ·       Peter Rosenbaum MD, FRCP(C), Professor of Pediatrics at McMaster University, Canada
  • ·       William Sherlaw, Honorary Professor EHESP School of public health, Rennes & Paris, France
  • ·       Katarzyna Świeczkowska, Polish Association for Persons with Intellectual Disability Gdansk, Poland


• number of participants: max. 48 

   (24 users and 24 professionals)

• registrations are processed in the order they are received