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AAIDD Delegation to Italy

October 1-11, 2023

AAIDD Delegation History
Since 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, and Spain. Click here for more information.

Italy Delegation Route

Delegation Goals

The goal of the delegation is to research the supports provided for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in three regions in Italy (Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, and Lazio). To learn firsthand about the approaches in Italy, the delegation will examine the following questions:

  • How has the nation's history, culture, and context shaped the its approach to intellectual disability?
  • How does the context of each the three regions influence supports?
  • What are the structure and delivery methods of supports provided for people with intellectual disability in this country?
  • How do people with intellectual and developmental disabilities participate in the development of their supports?
  • How does the service system respond across the lifespan with different packages of supports?

This delegation will be led by Margaret Nygren, EdD, FAAIDD, Executive Director & CEO of AAIDD.



This Delegation is fully subscribed; applications are no longer being accepted.

Italy 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 Medications
See CDC recommendations on vaccines and medicines before taking a trip to Italy.


Delegates will participate in a series of professional meetings and cultural experiences in the following regions over the following dates:

October 1-3: Lombardy (Milan, Brescia)

Arrive in Milan on October 1 (Sunday). Transfers from the Milan airport to the hotel are not included in the program fee (delayed arrival times are common with international travel) but delegates will be provided will all necessary information to easily transfer from the airport to the hotel.

The program in Lombardy will include an orientation dinner on October 1, meetings with service providers and researchers in Milan and Brescia, and a visit to The Last Supper mural.

October 4- 5: Emilia-Romagna (Piacenza, Reggio Emilia)

The program in Emilia-Romagna will include meetings with service providers in Piacenza and Reggio Emilia, and a walking tour of Verona with a stop at Juliet's balcony.

October 6-7: Tuscany (Florence)

The cultural program in Florence will include Galleria dell’Accademia, Ponte Vecchio, and Boboli Gardens.

October 8-11: Lazio (Rome)

The program in Lazio will include meetings with local and international service providers, a walking tour of Rome, and a visit to the Vatican Museums.  The program will end in Rome with a farewell dinner the night of October 10.

Depart Rome October 11. Transfers to the airport in Rome on Wednesday, October 11 are included in the program fee.  

Fees and Deadlines

The program fee:

Includes most meals (all breakfasts included; 3 dinners and lunches are "on your own"), 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 (arriving) Milan and (departing) Rome; excess baggage fees on 'in country' transportation; vaccinations/medications, and trip cancellation insurance. See the FAQs for more information.

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: $3,995
Single Occupancy:  $4,995

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.

AAIDD 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.

Potential 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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