Back to where it all began

The Asian Federation on Intellectual Disabilities claims its roots in Manila, Philippines. On 19-23 November 1973, four hundred twenty (420) advocates coming from twenty-one (21) countries met in Manila to participate in the First Asian Federation on Mental Retardation (AFMR) Conference. The said conference was organized with support from UNESCO, National Commission of the Philippines and the Philippine Association of the Retarded (PAR). Ret. Father Arthur Malin, SVD, was largely responsible for bringing to fruition the very first conference in 1973 with the theme “Hope for the Mentally Retarded in Asia”.

Since its inception, the AFMR delegates have been coming together once every two years holding a Conference in each of its full member countries. During the 18th AFMR Conference held in Taipei on 19-22 November 2007, AFMR’s name was changed into AFID or the Asian Federation on Intellectual Disabilities with the goal of continuously helping these individuals face and overcome their challenges in coping with society’s progress.

At present, the full members of AFID are Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Taiwan. The Secretary General, Asian Resource Centre-Japan, and Asia Pacific Journal Centre-Korea are likewise represented.

This year’s first-ever Virtual AFID Conference will carry the theme, “Transforming Schools and Communities for Inclusion”. The AFID Conference aims to provide an international platform for educators, professionals, researchers, parents, students, and other groups from the local and international community who share the advocacy and interest of transforming schools and communities through inclusive practices. Included in the practices are those in education and development, socio-civic thrusts, family, and community engagement and policies for quality education and life-long learning for empowerment and independence amidst the global pandemic.

The AFID conferences through the years
Year Venue Theme
1st AFMR Conference 1973 Manila, Philippines Hope for the Mentally Retarded
2nd AFMR Conference 1975 Tokyo, Japan Rights of the Mentally Retarded
3rd AFMR Conference 1977 Bangalore, India Mentally Retarded in a Changing Society
4th AFMR Conference 1979 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Integration in Our Community
5th AFMR Conference 1981 HongKong Resources and Personnel Training
6th AFMR Conference 1983 Indonesia Towards Independent Living
7th AFMR Conference 1985 Taipei, Taiwan Growing in Wisdom- The Mentally Retarded Person in Asia
8th AFMR Conference 1987 Singapore Vision-2000- Perspective & Challenges
9th AFMR Conference 1989 Bangkok, Thailand Quality of Life for the Mentally Retarded
10th AFMR Conference 1991 Karachi, Pakistan New Horizons in Caring and Sharing
11th AFMR Conference 1993 Seoul, Korea Global Harmony for Human Equality
12th AFMR Conference 1995 Colombo, Sri Lanka An Asian Perspective towards the 21st Century
13th AFMR Conference 1997 Dhaka, Bangladesh Rights of Persons with Mental Retardation: The Role of Government Agencies in Asia
14th AFMR Conference 1999 Kathmandu, Nepal Strategies for Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Mental Retardation
15th AFMR Conference 2001 Manila, Philippines Inclusion: From Vision to Reality, Policy and Action
16th AFMR Conference 2003 Tsukuba, Japan Empowerment and Full Participation
17th AFMR Conference 2005 Jogjakarta, Indonesia A Concerted Effort
18th AFMR Conference 2007 Taipei, Taiwan Universal Design Environment
19th AFID Conference 2009 Singapore Towards Holistic Development
20th AFID Conference 2011 Jeju, Korea Towards Happiness over Freedom
21st AFID Conference 2013 New Delhi, India Towards Dignity and Quality of Life
22nd AFID Conference 2015 Colombo, Sri Lanka A Place for Me under the Sun
23rd AFID Conference 2017 Dhaka, Bangladesh Acceptance, Accessibility, Inclusion – A Key towards Sustainable Development
24th AFID Conference 2019 Kathmandu, Nepal Equity, Equality and Inclusion of People with Intellectual Disability
Conference Secretariat

Philippines Association for Intellectual Disabilities (PAFID), Inc.
Room 226, Legislative Wing, Quezon City Hall,
Quezon City Philippines

Dr. Teresita G. De Mesa
Phone Nos.: +63 9171657840; +63 9177932475

Ms. Kimberly C. De Alban
Phone Nos.: +63 9778440075; +63 9496111871

Permanent Secretariat

Korean Association on Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (KAIDD)
07236 4F E-room Center,
22 Uisadang-daero, Yeongdeungpo-gu,
Seoul, Korea
Tel : + 82-2-52-5023 (4)
Fax : + 82-2-592-5026

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