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Awards and Scholarships

2017 Awards

ASID Ltd recognises excellence in research, professionalism and service/contribution to our organisation, through a select number of annual awards.  ASID Awards are presented at the Australasian Conference, by the President of ASID Ltd. 

Members of ASID Ltd can nominate one or more people for the following awards.

2017 Award nominations are NOW OPEN and close on 30 September 2017.  No nominations will be received after this date.

Click on each award name below to see all the information about that award.

Distinguished Service Citation - OPEN NOW!

ASID recognises individuals who have had contributed much to the organisation over a sustained period of time.  The Distinguished Service Citation award is conferred upon people who are current members of ASID, who meet these criteria.  This is an honorary award and can be related to any areas of the business of ASID including but not limited to:

  • Contribution to the ASID Board of Directors
  • Contribution to the Divisions of ASID
  • Convenor of ASID events
  • Editorship of ASID publications

The Distinguished Service Citation is not a class of ASID membership and a nominee cannot be currently serving as a Director of ASID Ltd.

The decision to award a Distinguished Service Citation is based on the following criteria:

  • Exceptional and significant contribution ASID as an organisation
  • Substantial duration (at least 3 years)
  • Broad impact &/or leadership across or within the organisation
  • Current financial member of ASID.
  • Nominated and seconded by existing ASID members.

Nomination should be submitted on the Distinguished Service Citation form.

Download Nomination Form

Fellow of ASID - OPEN NOW!

The title may be conferred on individual ASID members (including all classes of individual membership) in recognition of the member’s exceptional and significant contribution to the field of intellectual disability.  Service to ASID is not a criterion for selecting ASID Fellows as the ASID Distinguished Service Citation focuses of service to ASID as an organisation. This contribution will have been in one or more of the following areas:

  • Research,
  • Service provision (including service development or improvement, administration),
  • Advocacy and/or self-advocacy,
  • Professional practice, and
  • Teaching and staff training.

Nominations need only address one of these areas, but may address more than one if the nominee has made an exceptional contribution in more than one area.   Individual members who are awarded the title Fellow of ASID (FASID) will have the right to use the title Fellow of ASID (FASID).  However, Fellow of ASID (FASID) is an honorary title, not a class of ASID membership, and the member will need to continue to pay his or her membership dues to maintain current membership.  A nominee cannot be currently serving as a Director of ASID Ltd.

The decision to award an ASID Fellowship is based on the following criteria:

  • Exceptional and significant contribution to the field of intellectual disability.
  • Substantial duration (at least 7 years).
  • Broad impact across a province or state, nationally or internationally.
  • Current financial member of ASID.
  • Nominated and seconded by existing ASID members.

Nomination should be submitted on the Fellow of ASID form.

Download Nomination form.

Media Award - OPEN NOW!

ASID recognises the significant role that media has in increasing positive awareness and the promotion and education of best practice in intellectual disability.   Each year ASID welcomes applications from members, nominating an Australasian media source which demonstrates excellence in this. Media is defined as a tool of mass communication, which can be in many forms including: print, photography, video, cinema, broadcasting and publication.  

The decision to award an ASID Media Award is based on the following criteria:

  • Content is primarily concerning intellectual and/or related disability
  • Content is focused on fair, accurate and positive reports on people with intellectual and/or related disability
  • Content prioritises positive awareness or education of best practice
  • Content is not designed for the purpose of advertising/promoting a program, provider, person or other entity which will result in remuneration.
  • Nominated and seconded by existing ASID members.

Nomination should be submitted on the ASID Media Award form.

Download Nomination form.

2017 Scholarships

2017 Conference Scholarships - Australian Applicants - OPEN NOW!

ASID is offering scholarships to people with an intellectual disability who require financial assistance to attend the 2017 ASID Conference in Tasmania.

We have limited funding to support people in Australia to attend the conference. To support as many people as possible, we have distributed the scholarship amounts across regions. The maximum amount will be offered to each state or territory, as indicated in the table below.

  Region Total Amount
  Queensland Scholarship $750.00
   Western Australia scholarship $1,000.00
   Northern Territory scholarship $1,000.00
   New South Wales/ACT scholarship $750.00
   South Australia scholarship $750.00
   Tasmania scholarship $4,000.00
   Victoria scholarship $750.00


To be eligible for financial help you must:

  • Identify as having an intellectual disability
  • Live within Australia
  • Need support to pay for accommodation or travel for either yourself or your support person/ family carer to attend the conference.
  • If you are not a member of ASID you will need to provide the name a member in your region

To apply:

Complete the application form and return to by 15th September 2017.

No applications will be accepted after this date.

Confirmation of a successful application will be sent on 30th September 2017.

 Important notes:

  • The maximum scholarship amounts, may not be able to cover all of your expenses to attend the conference. If you received a scholarship, you will be required to pay for the outstanding amount.
  • Priority will be given to people who are presenting a paper, workshop or poster at the conference.
  • Applicants will need to register for the conference
  • Expenses will be reimbursed to the applicant after receipts and evidence of purchase have been received. If you are unable to do this, please let us know and we will make alternative arrangements.


2017 New Zealand Grants

2017 Conference Presenter Grants - New Zealand Applicants - OPEN NOW!

NZ Division Applications for Financial Assistance to attend ASID Conferences


The NZ Division invites applications to contribute towards conference costs for presenters at ASID conference events. ASID-NZ Division will make allocations annually to one or more suitable applicants, based on resource availability. 

Grants are not intended to cover the full costs of the applicant’s proposal.   All applications need to be accurately costed, showing the actual costs at time of application.

The costings must show:

  • actual costs being met by the applicant (either personally or from other sources)
  • actual costs which ASID is being asked to contribute towards.

Grants will generally be to a maximum of 70% of total cost.

General Criteria

  • All applications should be consistent ASID’s focus on promoting Research to Practice in NZ.
  • Funding to international events (including Australia) would require demonstration of outstanding merit. Merit may include:
    • exploration through research in unique field,
    • demonstration of application of research in NZ,
    • inclusion of persons with intellectual disability or family members in research or in delivery of an evidence-based initiative
  • For people with intellectual disability, the grant will assist them in taking on a leadership role (for example presenting a paper, chairing a session or contributing to a panel, rather than presenting research).


  • All applications must be emailed to NZ Division Chairperson by August 10, 2017 (]
  • Submitting an application is not a guarantee of funding.
  • All applications are treated on case-by-case basis.


  • Applicants must be New Zealand citizens
  • Preference will be given to members of the NZ Division of ASID
  • Applications must be in line with the goals and principles of ASID.
  • The grant does not cover costs associated with support staff.


Successful applicants will be notified in writing by August 30, 2017.  NZ Division decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into following the decision.

Recipients of a grant from the ASID-NZ Division are expected to:

  • Acknowledge this in their presentation
  • Submit a statement or article for ASID IDA newsletter on how they made use of the grant.