June 20, 2012, Charlotte, NC:
Climent Giné, PhD of the Ramon Llull University in Barcelona, Spain, received the 2012 International Award today at the 136th annual meeting of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD).
The AAIDD International Award is given for outstanding contributions in research, education, service, or advocacy that had an impact on people with intellectual and developmental disabilities within a particular country or across national boundaries.
Dr. Giné is currently professor and dean of the Blanquerna Faculty of Psychology, Education, and Sports Sciences at Ramon Llull University in Barcelona, Spain. He has been involved in the field of care for people with intellectual disability and their families since 1971, first at school, then in educational administration, and for the past 20 years on the university level. He has collaborated with UNESCO on various projects to improve services for people with intellectual disability and their families in Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Panama, Bosnia, and more.
Founded in 1876, AAIDD is the oldest professional society concerned with intellectual and developmental disabilities.