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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 14-17, 2019

         IASE 16th Biennial Conference
                          in collaboration with
         Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University
                  Magamba, Tanzania East Africa
                        July 14-17, 2019
The Call for Proposals is now open for our 16th IASE Biennial Conference.
For more updates on conference proposals, or serving as an IASE reviewer please  contact [email protected]

Call For Proposals is now open.

Sponsor an Event and or delegate today!

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 Treasurer Dr. Iris Drower are all smiles for the upcoming Conference to be held at  Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University, Magamba, Tanzania East Africa from July 14-17, 2019.  Start planning now!  Call for Proposals is now open!
Thanks to the students (see video clip above) and Director Mr. Yassim  from the  Irente Rainbow School, Tanzania for the advance preparation  of such amazing  lanyards for  our upcoming IASE 16th Biennial Conference. Asante sana

Start Planning Your Travel  Today! Our Conference Blog, Housing Options, Registration, Travel Tips, Exhibitors, Advertisement, Sponsorship and Scholarship information are now open. Look for more updates throughout the following months!

Conference Venue

Conference Proceedings

Travel and  Such

 

Children & Young Adult Art Exhibits

IASE Conference Scholarship

Outcomes



  • 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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Read about Diamond Training at
SPJ Sadhana School, Mumbai, India
Children at  Irente Rainbow School, Magamba, Tanzania
Check out our very own Sarah on  our VSP site Toa Nafasi, Tanzania on TEDx

Registration Fees

Housing Options

 

Conference Exhibitors 

    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: [email protected]

        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.

        Dien Ban Day Centre, Vietnam


        Dien Ban has one of the highest proportions of disadvantaged children and children with disabilities in Central Vietnam.  Based on government records, there are over 1,000 children with disabilities and or  special needs living in Dien Ban, the majority of whom do not have access to any kind of support services. It is difficult to pinpoint the exact number of children with disabilities  in this area as we regularly encounter children who are not listed on any government list.


        To address this need, the Kianh Foundation built a custom-designed Day Centre for children with disability. The centre is the first of its kind in the region and will address a critical gap by providing much-needed special education and therapies such as physiotherapy and speech to children with disabilities.


        IASE has been working with Dien Ban Day Centre since its opening in 2012. This centre is the first of its kind in the region and addresses a critical gap by providing much-needed special education and therapies such as physiotherapy and speech to children with special needs.

         
        We named it Kianh after a young boy  who had Cerebral Palsy. His parents had both died in an accident and he had been placed in an orphanage with his older brother and sister. His day to day life was dire but he was still very happy and smiley and extremely beautiful and charismatic.

        Jackie Wrafter-Director and Co Founder

         

        Children at Dien Ban Day Centre

        Latest Video about Jackie and Dien Ban Day Centre

        501(c)(3)

        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