Welcome Letter

    Dear Colleagues and Friends!

    On behalf of the Scientific and Organizing committee of the 35th European Academy of Childhood Disability (EACD) Annual Meeting, it is a privilege and great pleasure to welcome you to Ljubljana, from May 24th to 27th 2023.

    I would like to thank you for giving us the opportunity to hoste this event. Following the outstanding line of previous EACD annual meetings, we will do our best in offering an excellent opportunity to share experiences, exchange scientific ideas, and foster interactions between all professionals, children and their families.

    The motto of this EACD annual meeting is “Smarter Goals for Better Future”, with the intent to emphasize the importance of goal setting in all processes of care in the rehabilitation of children and youth. The program in Ljubljana will be divided into five main thematic modules:

    1. The importance of timely intervention
    2. Advances in the management of orphan diseases
    3. Management of pain in children with developmental disorders and chronic pain syndromes in otherwise normally developing children
    4. Goal setting: active role of the child and parent in (re)habilitation process 
    5. Advances in technological support of the rehabilitation process

    Further, it is a great pleasure to announce a number of excellent keynotes with prestigious professionals in the field of childhood-onset disability: Helene Polatajko, Emma Livingstone, Minna Ståhl, Laurent Servais, Muharrem Yazici, Izzeldin Abuelaish and Ruslan Vasyutin.

    Slovenia, your host country, tells its green story. Everything is green no matter which direction you turn – towards the Alpine peaks and extensive forests, the Adriatic Sea, the mysterious Karst and nearby vineyards, and the Pannonian Plain. Ljubljana 

    Ljubljana, the capital city, is a vibrant city with thousands of years of history. The European Green Capital 2016 has in a short time become a model of livability and eco-sustainability for all medium-sized cities in Europe. Our conference venue is in the city center, which is closed to traffic. 

    The local Scientific and Organizing committee hopes to greet you in person. Plan your schedule to make the most of your Ljubljana visit. Build your clinical skills with scientific and educational sessions, satellite symposia, oral presentations, in-person networking opportunities, and much more. 

    We look forward to meeting you in Ljubljana!

    Yours faithfully,
    Asist. prof. Katja Groleger Sršen, MD, PhD
    President of the Local Scientific and Organizing Committee