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Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the general board of the European Academy of Childhood Disability (EACD) I am pleased to invite you for the 29th annual meeting from the 17th to the 20th of May 2017, in RAI Convention Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The EACD annual meeting is a leading multidisciplinary meeting in the field of childhood onset disability, like cerebral palsy, neuromuscular disorders, spina bifida, autism, developmental coordination disorder, genetic and metabolic diseases. It is an opportunity to meet colleagues: pediatricians, pediatric neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, physiatrists , physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and other paramedical professionals, nurses, researchers, psychosocial and technical professions in the field of childhood onset disability. Also persons with a childhood onset disability  and parents are involved in the conference. About 700 participants are expected from most countries in Europe, but also from the Middle East, USA, Canada and Australia.

The theme of the conference will be: 'STEPS INTO THE FUTURE', focusing on new developments in the field of childhood onset disability. Themes of the conference will be clinical use of movement analysis,  phenotype to genotype, long term treatment effects, physical activity and fitness, assistive technology, networks and integrated care, participation and autonomy, family focused intervention and life course perspective. These themes are overarching for the different diagnosis groups.

RAI Convention Centre is a recently renovated modern convention center with sufficient possibilities for exhibitions, integrated in the conference venue. The airport Schiphol is nearby, with an excellent connection by public transportation. Schiphol has direct flights to most of the European cities and to many destinations in the USA, Middle East and Asia. The historic city of Amsterdam offers an excellent environment for a social program in a relaxing atmosphere.

On behalf of the local organizing committee of the department of rehabilitation medicine of VU University Medical Center Amsterdam, I look forward to welcome you in Amsterdam!


Yours sincerely, 

Prof. dr. Jules Becher
Pediatric physiatrist, President of the EACD conference 2017