Project coordinator: Jim Mansell, University of Kent at Canterbury
Financing body: EU Framework Programme 5
Project period: 2000-ongoing

The background to this project is the broad variation one will find when one looks into services to and welfare of persons with intellectual disability in Europe. Research can contribute to describe and compare, maybe also to explain, these differences. With strategically chosen projects living conditions of persons can be highlighted and developed.

IDRESNET has established a European network of reseachers in issues concerning the field of intellectual disability, to be able to initiate projects based on a European perspective. As the first step in the work of this network a comparison is being made of issues concerning intellectual disability and services to these persons in seven countries. A project describing services and conditions of lives has also been formulated. For a more extensive presentation, visit Canterbury.

Researchers from seven universities make up this network: 
Jim Mansell, University of Kent at Canterbury, England (visit)
Kent Ericsson, Uppsala Universitet, Sweden (visit)
Geert van Hoove, Universiteit Gent, Belgium (visit)
Susana Padeliadu, Aristotele University of Thessaloniki, Greece (visit
Luis Salvador-Carulla, Universidad Cádiz, Spain (visit)
Johannes Schädler, Universität-Gesamthochschule Siegen, Germany (visit)
Carla Vlaskamp, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Netherlands (visit)

The network meets every half-year to work with the papers which have been produced during the recent period. Meetings have been held in Siegen (Germany), Barcelona (Spain) and Ghent (Belgium). The work from these meetings have been reported by the group from Siegen
(visit). The content has up until now focused on the preparation of the first comparative report, published in 2003: Intellectual Disability in Europe: Working papers (contents).

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