Our Story

We've loved every minute of our journey so far.

An Idea is Born

More than one billion people around the world, of whom nearly 93 million are children, live with some form of disability. Persons with disabilities experience inequalities in their daily lives, and have fewer opportunities to access a quality education which takes place in an inclusive environment. In 1989, the non-profit International Association of Special Education (IASE) was founded with the vision to improve the quality of life and service delivery for all individuals with special needs. IASE gives individuals an opportunity for collaboration across borders by learning from each other. With the help of local and invited experts, participants search for effective strategies to learn how to organize relevant leadership training in their home countries.

"Achieving inclusive and quality education for all reaffirms the belief that education is one of the most powerful and proven vehicles for sustainable development " (Sustainable Development Goal 4).  So as we approach another year let us continue to hear about your stories and how IASE has impacted you!

Joining IASE is a life-time investment.

Reflecting on 2017, I must thank you and the Board of IASE for giving me the opportunity to participate in the 15th Biennial Conference in Perth Australia through the Marg Csapo Scholarship. It has created new horizons for me and has also inspired many people with whom I work in Guyana, because there are very limited opportunities for Guyanese in these areas despite the amazing work done in the field of Special Education.

Shewin Fraser - Deputy Principal, President's College , Guyana

Upcoming Event

Start Planning for our 16th Biennial Conference 
Magamba, Tanzania, East Africa
July 15-17, 2019

         IASE 16th Biennial Conference
                          in collaboration with
         Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University
                  Magamba, Tanzania East Africa
                        July 13-17, 2019
The Call for Proposals is now open for our 16th IASE Biennial Conference.
For more updates on conference proposals contact iaseconf19@gmail.com

Call For Proposals is now open.

Volunteer Service Projects (VSP)

In 2005 the Board of the International Association of Special Education approved the establishment of the IASE Volunteer Service Committee. This committee focuses on supporting the Volunteer Service Projects (VSPs) at sites around the world.

These projects provide further assistance in the area of special education service to agencies, schools, and organizations by sharing professional expertise, materials, and tools for educators and students in developing countries. The volunteers who provide this nondenominational altruistic service are IASE members. All staff and volunteers receive no monetary remuneration.

The IASE GIVING Funds are used specifically to support our Volunteer Service Project sites. This allows each site to operate and transform over time into a change agent within their respective country.

Sankalp Project

Sankalp worked in three small village schools located five hours drive time north of Delhi.  In 2011 the success of this project serving lower socio-economic children's needs resulted in all of the children being mainstreamed into regular schools in the area.  IASE Volunteers and GIVING Funds helped to provide supplies and support to make this happen.

Our Journey Continues

Conference Liaison /IASE Secretary Susan Pursch, SEKOMU, Dr. Anneth Munga, the Chair of the Tanzanian Local  IASE Conference Committee, and IASE President Dr. Iris Drower are all smiles for the upcoming conference to be held at  Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University, Magamba, Tanzania East Africa from July 13-17, 2019.  Start planning now!  Call for Proposals is now open!

Start Planning Your Travel Today!

Coming Soon......

Conference Venue

Conference Proceedings



Travel and  Such


Children & Young Adult Art Exhibits


  • We now have 14 VSP sites in six developing countries;
  • We have several VSP sites that are now sustaining themselves;
  • We have collected data on the success of our VSP sites;
  • We are in the process of writing and publishing a book on these VSP projects;
  • Several of our sites have publications on research and best practice;
  • Support for workshops between volunteers and youth;
  • Support for workshops at VSP sites with local educators;
  • Creation of a short documentary on the social impact of these projects;
  • Biennial Conferences showcasing best practices and research around the world;
  •  Produce an annual refereed Journal;
  • Publish quarterly newsletters;
  • Provide opportunities for IASE members to network, collaborate, publish, and interact internationally.
  • Provide information on our rich history, research and  so much more!


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Check this off your 2018 list!  Get a head start on the new year and donate today! 

Don Bosco, Cochin, India

Tanzanian Local Team

Members of the Tanzanian Local IASE Conference Committee  are beginning to plan our 16th Biennial Conference.

From left: Sarah Rosenbloom, Gasto Lekule, Geofrey Kingazi, Professor Edward Bagandanshwa  &  Msafiri Mbilu. 

Children at  Irente Rainbow School, Magamba, Tanzania

    IASE Membership Plans

    Membership Type For 2018              Sponsorship, Scholarship and  All Donations

    Members Only Link. Click Below.

    IASE Payment Plan

    Welcome to our new payment system.  We are now using  an Authorize.Net Payment Gateway account which accepts credit cards and deposits funds automatically into our bank account.  All amounts are in US dollars. Please note you have three choices of cards (Visa, Mastercard or Discover), Just click on the buttons to the left under Membership Type for our dues. Click on the buttons to the right to sponsor a new member, to contribute to the  Marg Csapo Scholarship  and for general donations. Just click on the payment for you! 
    If you wish to pay by check you can mail this to IASE c/o P.O. Box 2159, Mesa Arizona, 85214, USA. Membership is now due the date you make payment so check with our membership co-chairs if you have any further questions. All other membership inquiries contact: iasemembership@gmail.com

        IASE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The registered agent is located at 700 Pilgrim Parkway, Suite 104, Elm Grove, Wisconsin, 53122-2063 USA. Our IASE Federal ID# is 43-1974089.

        A True Inspiration

        Asociación Centro Maya Servicio Integral is a Guatemalan nonprofit organization located in the town of San Juan La Laguna in Sololá which works in favor of people with disabilities residing in Lake Atitlán.  While working with this site as part of our Volunteer Service Project through the International Association of Special Education, Edgar the music instructor and his student Manuel performed for us this special piece.  Manuel truly loves music but can only practice during a class once a week.  We were so touched to hear his story that we provided funds for Manuel to have his own xylophone. "Both Manuel and Edgar are very excited for him to be able to practice whenever he wants now and we're sure that it will have an amazing effect on his performance at future music festivals and concerts." Enjoy the festival of 'inclusion.' It is truly inspirational!
        More than just rehabilitation we fight for inclusion and well-being for people with disabilities.
                     Vision of Asociación Centro Maya Servicio Integral

           A Wonderful Way to Bring in the New Year!



        IASE is an international organization working with people in more than 50 countries to create lasting solutions.  IASE is a non-profit, tax-exempt association under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Gifts are tax deductible to the full extent allowable under the law.  Our IASE Federal ID# is 43-1974089.

        Our IASE founder, Dr. Marg Csapo, welcomes submissions to  on-line journal, The International Journal of Special Education.  The intent is to make the journal available internationally and free of charge to everyone who is interested in special education or is a student of special education.  For more information go to our new website at: http://www.internationalsped.com/issues.cfm. 

        IASE Documents

        Visit the More link to view all documents, forms and publications.  Some of the IASE documents are saved as PDF files and you will need Adobe Reader to open them.   Click here to download a free version of Adobe Reader