The Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (CIDD) is one of the leading research centres on learning disability in these islands with a growing international reputation. The centre aims are:
- research and evaluation projects that will inform the development and organisation of policy and services for people with disabilities
- undertake research into the health and wellbeing of children and young people, and with their families.
- forge alliances with practitioners and users, primarily in the Health and Social Care Agencies and with the independent sector
- undertake joint projects with similar research groupings and networks
- to forge alliances with the wider research community to further the inclusion of people with disabilities in mainstream projects
- undertake research and evaluation of services relating to developmental disabilities and to children, young people and their families.
- promote evidence-based practice through training courses, publications and workshops
Three key themes of the centre are:
- Vulnerability and complex needs: including improving the life outcomes; family support; communication and social skills; self-esteem and resilience and; supporting family carers
- Promoting the health and wellbeing of people with developmental disabilities: including health ageing; accessing healthcare services; emotional well-being and; strategies for vulnerable groups.
- Sports and leisure: including sports and leisure; education options; accommodation and employment options; citizenship and participation in decision-making.