AAIDD Delegation HistorySince 1996, AAIDD has
sponsored professional research and exchange delegations to China, South
Africa, Russia, India, Cuba, Brazil, Norway, Poland, Japan, Korea,
Australia, Iceland, Ireland, Zambia, South Africa, Spain, and Italy. Click here for more information.
The goal of the delegation is to research the supports provided for
people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in three regions
in the Czech Republic (Central Bohemia,
South Moravia, and South Bohemia). To learn firsthand about the approaches in the Czech Republic, the delegation will examine the following questions:
This delegation will be led by Margaret Nygren, EdD, FAAIDD, Executive Director & CEO of AAIDD.
VisasThe Czech Republic is a Schengen area country. US and Canadian citizens do not need a visa for tourist or business visits of up to 90 days.
Vaccinations and MedicationsSee CDC recommendations on vaccines and medicines before taking a trip to the Czech Republic.
Delegates will participate in a series of professional meetings and cultural experiences in the following regions over the following dates:
September 29 - October 1: Central Bohemia (Prague)
Arrive in Prague September 29 (Transfers from the airport in Prague on Sunday September 29 are included in the program fee).
The program in Central Bohemia will include an orientation dinner on September 29, meetings with governmental and nongovernmental officials, a walking tour of historic old town Prague, and visit to Český Šternberk Castle.
October 2 - 4: South Moravia (Brno)
The program in South Moravia will include a research seminar at Masaryk University, meetings with community service providers, a visit to the Museum of Romani Culture, and a walking tour of historic Brno. Rosh Hashanah services may be observed at
the Agudas Achim synagogue.
October 5 - 7: South Bohemia (České Budějovice)
The program South Bohemia will include a seminar at the University of South Bohemia, a tour of a community provider, the experience of the Czech approach to wellness at the Bertiny Lazne spa, and walking tours of historic České Budějovice and
October 8 - 9: Central Bohemia (Prague)
The program will include a visit to the Tábor Museum of Chocolate and Marzipan and end with a farewell dinner the night of October 8.
Depart Prague October 9. (Transfers to the airport in Prague on Wednesday, October 9 are included in the program fee.)
The program fee:
Includes most meals, lodging, admissions, guides, hotel transfers, tips, and 'in country' transport between cities and to/from organized events.
Does not include air travel between Delegates’ home city and Prague, four meals (3 dinners and one lunch are "on your own"), excess baggage fees, vaccinations/medications, and trip cancellation insurance. See the FAQs for more
Lodging: Program fees differ by lodging preference. For those who are interested in a double occupancy arrangement but are traveling alone, efforts will be made to match roommates; however, if no roommate is available, the single
occupancy rate will be required to participate.Double Occupancy: $3,399Single Occupancy: $4,399
Deadlines: Applications are reviewed as they are submitted. Prompt application is strongly advised as enrollment is limited. Once the Delegation roster is full, no further applications will be considered.
AccessibilityAAIDD encourages people with disabilities to apply. AAIDD requires that all applicants disclose any condition or need that may require reasonable accommodations at the time of their application for the program.
Delegates are informed that public accommodations, historic sites, and walking tours outside the US are typically not optimally accessible to those who have mobility impairments. AAIDD is not responsible for providing accommodations
inconsistent with an activity on the itinerary or beyond its reasonable control. Based on planned destinations for this trip, Delegates will be expected to climb up to 3 flights of stairs and walk up to 2.5 miles over uneven ground and over hills each day.
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