Iceland and Ireland

For: AAIDD delegation 2017
Topic: Systems of supports for people with intellectual disability across the lifespan

Faculty: Dr. Maggie Nygren Executive Director & CEO of AAIDD

The goal of the delegation is to research the supports provided for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities inIceland and Ireland. To learn firsthand about these approaches, the delegation will visit service sites and meet with government and university partners, representatives of health, education, and social service systems, and participate in international symposia hosted by a leading universities and provider organizations. All meetings and visits will be conducted in English.

DAY 1 – Saturday, Oct 7

5.45 pm      Meet at the hotel restaurant Jörgensen Kitchen

6:00 pm     Welcome dinner and orientation at Center Hotel Midgaudar Jörgensen Kitchen -dress code casual

DAY 2 – Sunday, Oct 8

7-10 am    Breakfast

9.45am    Meet in hotel lobby

10.00am    Departure. Full day tour of the Golden Circle (Gullfoss, Geysir, and Pingvellir)
Lunch included (brown bag). Wear rain gear.

6.00pm     Return 

Dinner on your own.

DAY 3 – Monday, Oct 9
 7 – 8am                    Breakfast
 8.30am                    Meet in hotel lobby

 09:00 – 11:30am    Ministry of Welfare, Skogarhlid 6, 105 Reykjavik

 11.45 -12.30 pm     Lunch

 13:00 – 16:00pm   Seminar at Ás Styrktarfelag,  Ögurhvarf 6, 203 Kópavogi, Reykjavík

 Dinner on your own

NOTES: Bring 2 gifts

DAY 4 – Tuesday, Oct 10

7-8 am               Breakfast

8 am                  Meet in hotel lobby

08:45 – 11:30    State Diagnostic and Counselling Centre, Digranesvegi  5 – 200, Kópavogur

12 pm                Lunch

13:00 – 16:00    Klettaskoli, Suðurhlíð 9, Reykjavík

6:00 pm             Dinner 

NOTE: bring 2 gifts

DAY 5 – Wednesday, Oct 11

3.15 am  Meet in hotel lobby (breakfast to go)

6 am       Flight to Dublin

11am      Arrival in Jury’s hotel

11.30 am Lunch

2.30 pm  Meet in hotel lobby -departure to Guiness brewery

5pm        Dinner 

DAY 6 – Thursday, Oct 12

7- 8.10 am         Breakfast

 8.10  am            Meet in hotel lobby.

9am -1 pm  Seminar at HSE  Corporate Employee Relations Office, 63/64 Adelaide Rd Dublin

1.40 pm              Back in the hotel

2 pm                   Meeting in the lobby and lunch

3pm -5 pm         WalkingTour of Dublin.

7 pm                  Dinner with traditional Irish Music 

NOTE: bring 1 gift

DAY 7 – Friday, Oct 13

7-8.15 am                      Breakfast

8.15 am                          Meet in hotel lobby

8.35 am                          Walk to Trinity  College

9.00 am – 9.15 am         Welcome

9.15 am – 10.00 am        IDS – TILDA research, Prof. Mary McCarron and team Questions and answers (15 minutes), 10.00 am – 10.45 am      Project IRIS, Prof. Michael ShevlinQuestions and answers (15 minutes)

10.45 am – 11.00 am      Tea/Coffee break

11.00 am – 11.30 am      CCL students Chat to the students (15 minutes) 11.30 am – 12.15 pm       Inclusive Research Network and Edurne Garcia, Chat to the IRN researchers (15 minutes) 12.15 pm – 13.00 pm      Co-lecturing at TCD, Michael Feely and co-lecturers. Chat to the researchers (15 minutes) 13.00 pm – 13.15 pm      Final remarks and closing

13.15 pm – 14.00 pm      Lunch, Dining Hall

2 pm                                Guided tour of Trinity College

Dinner on your own

NOTE: bring 2 gifts

DAY 8 – Saturday, Oct 14

7- 8.50 am Breakfast

8.50 am   Meet in hotel lobby. Day trip to the Cliffs of Moher

Lunch provided.

5.30 pm  Return to Dublin

Dinner on your own

DAY 9 –  Sunday, Oct 15

7-9 am           Breakfast

10 am – 3pm   Day trip to Kilkenny Castle

5 pm              Return to Dublin

Lunch and dinner on own

DAY 10 – Monday, Oct 16

7-9 am      Breakfast

9 am  -12.15 pm        Meet in hotel lobby. Departure to Ashling Hotel. OGANGE emergency warning you should feel free to stay in hotel if you feel that your safety is at risk.

1 pm – lunch (pizza or sandwiches)

5.30 pm meet downstairs for dinner at the hotel.

NOTE: bring 2 gifts

DAY 11 – Tuesday, Oct 17

7am -10am Breakfast

11.25 am   meet downstairs departure to professional meeting

1 pm  Lunch

12 pm -5pm  – Rossecourt Resource Centre part of Stewards. Ballygaddy 

Bus will bring the group straight from workshop to dinner.

5.30   PM Farewell Dinner

DAY 12 – Wednesday, Oct 18 

3.25 am  – first group departs – if your flight is departing before 8 am you are on this group

7.30 am – second group departure for flights leaving between 10.50 am and 1pm

Restaurant recommendations

Within 1-3  minutes walking from our hotel

HLEMMUR – old bus station converted to hip restaurant concept where a few different restaurants/bars ( Mexican burritos, Danish open face sandwiches, bakery, organic soups and salads and a few upscale, modern eateries) share same dining tables.

GLO Laugavegur 20b – delicious vegetarian and Organic eatery.

NOODLE STATIONScolavordustigur 21 cheap, quick, simple Thai style Pho with choice of Chicken, Beef or vegetarian.

Old Harbour – 20- 30 min walking from our hotel

SAEGREIFIN  –Geirsgata 8 – sea food shack – best lobster soup in town

COOCOO’S NEST – Grandagardur 23 – Small, casual, delicious.

Old Reykjavik – 15-25 min walking

NORA MAGASIN – Poshustraeti 9 – Hip, open plan bistro bar, great burgers, fish.

GRILLMARKADURINN Laekargata 2a – upscale, elegant, farm to table concept with famous chef -great yet pricy.




Center Hotel Midgardur – Laugavegi 120, 101 Reykiavik

Contact: +354 595 8560


Jurys Inn Christchurch – 8 Christchurch Place, Dublin 8.

Contact: +353 14540000

Emergency Numbers


Police/Emergency: 112

Nearest hospital to hotel:

Landspitali University Hospital: +354 543 1000


Police/Emergency: 112/999

Nearest hospital to hotel:

Mercer’s Medical Centre: +353 1 402 2300


$1 USD equals about .95 Icelandic Krona

$1 USD equals about .82 EURO


The Golden Circle

With dreamy landscapes and an out-of-this-world feel, it’s not surprising that the Golden Circle tour is considered one of the best things to do in Iceland. The 300-kilometer (186 miles) road loop east of the capital Reykjavik neatly fits in a Viking heritage site, impressive geysers, lagoons, waterfalls and more. (CNN).

Þingvellir, or Thingvellir as many people pronounce it, is a national park and an extraordinary first stop on the Golden Circle tour. Here, under what looks like the solid ground of Iceland, the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are splitting apart a few centimeters (an inch) each year, meaning that eventually the island will be pulled in two at this spot. Þingvellir also holds cultural and historical value for Icelanders – it’s here that the Althing, the national parliament of Iceland, was established in 930 AD, making it the site of the first Viking parliament.
Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall) is an iconic waterfall of Iceland offering a spectacular view of the forces and beauty of untouched nature. Gullfoss is part of the Golden Circle tour, located in South Iceland on the Hvítá (White) river which is fed by Iceland´s second biggest glacier, the Langjökull. The water plummets down 32 meters in two stages into a rugged canyon which walls reach up to 70 meters in height. On a sunny day shimmering rainbow can be seen over the falls.
Geysir: One of Iceland’s most famous tourist attractions, Geysir (gay-zeer; literally ‘gusher’) is the original hot-water spout after which all other geysers are named. Earthquakes can stimulate activity, though eruptions are rare. Luckily for visitors, the very reliable geyser, Strokkur, sits alongside. You rarely have to wait more than five to 10 minutes for the hot spring to shoot an impressive 15m to 30m plume before vanishing down its enormous hole.
The Golden Circle

Guinness Storehouse

Located in the heart of the St. James’s Gate Brewery, the Guinness Storehouse is Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction. It’s the home of the Black Stuff, the heart of Dublin and an unforgettable start to your Irish adventure. The journey begins at the bottom of the world’s largest pint glass and continues up through seven floors filled with interactive experiences that fuse our long brewing heritage with Ireland’s rich history. At the top, you’ll be rewarded with a pint of perfection in our world-famous rooftop Gravity Bar. Now that’s our kind of higher education. (Guiness Storehouse).

The rooftop bar (guiness storehosue)
The Guinness Storehouse

Cliffs of Moher

At the Cliffs of Moher, you will encounter nature in its wildest, purest form – see the rugged cliffs facing the mighty ocean, taste the salt air, hear the birds cry, feel the ancient rocks beneath your feet, smell the wind. (cliffsofmoher).

Cliffs of Moher

Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny Castle stands dramatically on a strategic height that commands a crossing on the River Nore and dominates the ‘High Town’ of Kilkenny City. Over the eight centuries of its existence, many additions and alterations have been made to the fabric of the building, making Kilkenny Castle today a complex structure of various architectural styles. (visitkilkenny).

Kilkenny Castle
Kilkenny Castle