International Association of Special Education

Fostering a Global Exchange of Ideas and Information


The vision of the International Association of Special Education (IASE) is to improve the quality of life and service delivery for all individuals with special needs. 

Founded in 1985, IASE members reside in 50 countries and include  teachers, teacher  trainers, professors, speech clinicians, psychologists, health care providers, social workers, counselors, family  members and those associated with related disciplines.  Join us today and become an active part of this enriching and important organization.


The mission of IASE is to:

  • promote awareness and understanding of issues and developments related to the education and welfare of individuals with special needs throughout the world;
  • promote professional exchange between professionals in special education, family members and individuals in related disciplines internationally;
  • encourage and promote research to advance the field of special education and share that information through official publications;
  • promote continuing education in special education; and,
  • work collaboratively with other special education organizations for worldwide promotion of the interests of individuals with special needs.

15th Biennial Conference Updates

The International Association of Special Education (IASE) in collaboration with Curtin University and Edith Cowan University   invites academics, practitioners, community leaders, NGOs and independent scholars and researchers from around the world to meet and exchange the latest ideas and discuss issues addressing the exceptional  needs of the whole child and young adult.  This will be taking place in Perth, Australia from June 25-29, 2017. Our theme is "Addressing the Exceptional Needs of the Whole Child and Young Adult: Embracing the Future." The venue will be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre in Perth, Australia.

Our Local Conference committee has been working around the clock to provide you with a most exciting venue for the 15th Biennial IASE conference to be held in Perth, Australia. They have selected a wide range of accommodation options and some very exciting trips for our delegates to explore.  Our IASE Conference at a glance will be updated monthly so check it out by clicking on the link or photo. Special thanks to our local team for their  collaborative efforts as they prepare  for an amazing venue for our "down under experience.'  Our local team includes: Dr. Karen Nonis (Curtin University), Drs. Susan Main  and John O'Rourke, (Edith Cowan University), Grahame Hay (WA Instyle Tours),  Tracy Baker and Montana Hall ( Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre), Anja Sandmann (PCB),  Sandra Trevethan ( IASE Liaison), and  E rikson Nygarrd(AV).  Please note Registration is now closed.   Please note all US citizens are required to obtain an Australian VISA.  Registration for Western Australian (WA) participants has been extended until June 1, 2017. See you soon!  We are nearly there!

All About Perth, Australia and Surrounding Areas


My name is Dr. Sharon Matthews, and I am chairing the silent auction for the IASE Biennial Conference in June. 

1...2...3... SOLD!!!!!! 

Donating to the auction for IASE is a cool and kind way to give so as to help others. We are in special education because we are caregivers and advocates to improve the lives of all people no matter where they live in this massive and complex world. Every dollar spent goes to a great cause.

Proceeds from the silent and live auctions at our biennial conference as well as generous donations from our IASE members provide scholarships for participants who could not otherwise afford to come, and we want to continue to make this possible and support our mission to include as many voices as possible. Feel free to contact me at [email protected]

Read more about this.........

Getting Ready For Perth, Australia, 2017

As you begin to prepare for the IASE  15th Biennial Conference please note the following:

1. Begin the Visa process early;

2. Remember it will be the beginning of winter in June so pack accordingly;

3. Check out all the accommodation options on our website;

4. All of the recommended hotels are on the free bus routes;

5. Check out our tour options on our website;

6. Register online (submit your application (first form) as well as your payment online below the application form);

7. Pack a few items for our Silent and Live auction;

8. Pack a special outfit for our Gala Dinner (attire from your native country);

9. Check out our special optional site/school tours on Thursday on our website;

10.  To be published in our Conference Proceedings click here!

11. Exhibitors please contact Dr. David Evans for more information. Payment for Advertisement and Exhibitors scroll down below. 

12. NEW: Preorder today for one of our exhibitors:
Maalinup Aboriginal Art Gallery

Payment for Exhibitors and Advertisement in the IASE Program, Perth, Australia 2017

IASE Perth, Australia Registration 

Conference Registration




Silent Auction




Thursday June 29th
Site/School Visits

Venue and Speakers

                      Children and Young Adult Art


 Conference Proceedings

Dates To Remember
February 1, 2017
Deadline for submission for Conference Proceedings
April 1, 2017
Deadline  for  Presenter Registration

May 1, 2017
All participants must be registered for the conference. Registration is now closed!

June 1, 2017
Registration for WA participants will be open till June 1, 2017

Sunday June 25, 2017
Registration opens 3:30-5:00 pm
Welcome Reception at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre 5:00-7:00 pm
Monday June 26, 2017
Registration opens at 7:00 am
Children and Young Adult Art Exhibits
Silent Auction
Plenary Session begins at 8:00am (second level rooms 1-2)
Tuesday June 27, 2017
Membership Meeting at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre begins at 8:00 AM.
IASE Board Meeting and Incoming Officers (4:15pm room 8)
Wednesday  June 28, 2017
Evening Gala Event and Celebration at the Perth Convention and Exibition Centre  (5:30-9:00pm)
 Thursday June 29, 2017
Optional AM Tours meet at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

Rachael Horton, Sally Connor and Anna are excited to share with our delegates how Rocky Bay has been optimizing the quality of life for individuals living with disabilities since 1938. A lifelong choice not to be missed!

 The Wheelchairs for Kids project has seen almost 30,000 wheelchairs sent to 74 developing countries since it was created in 1998.  Learn more about this amazing project with Brother Ollie and team.  See how differences are made around the globe. 

 One of the areas for play and therapy within the   Telethon Speech & Hearing  a centre of excellence for assisting children and adults with hearing, speech & language impairments. A state of the art facility with caring staff and highly qualified experts in the field.

Watch your garden grow and so much more! 

Visit Creaney Primary School and support Centre where a safe, inviting, and supportive learning environment is key.  A true sustainable learning site for all. 

IASE Membership Plans

Membership Type For 2017

Sponsorship, Scholarship and Donations

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 170061
Milwaukee,WI 53217, USA. 

      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.

      Become a Member Today!

          Membership Opportunities

      Sponsor a Member

      Visit our membership page to read about membership options. Become a member now or renew your membership using the online payment system above. Or, go to our membership page, download an application form and send it in using either e-mail or postal mail.

      IASE membership runs from January 1 through December 31 of each calendar year.  Renew Today!

      We have a new link under our MEMBERSHIP PAGE called Membership Opportunities.
      Please begin to see what our members are now doing around the globe!
      Check out conferences,  and Dr. Radhike Khanna's special award.

      Life Time Members

      IASE has three life time members. We are pleased to announce these most dedicated individuals who continue to give back to our profession.

      • Dr. Marg Csapo, Founder of IASE and Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia;
      • Dr. Robert Henderson, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois
      Did you know that 50 countries are represented on our IASE membership rolls? We have members from every continent except Antarctica!

      Members Only Link. Click Below.

      IASE Supports Construction of Mwayi Trust Vocational College in Blantyre, Malawi

      With the help of a generous funding from IASE, the Mwayi Trust Vocational College in Blantyre, Malawi is becoming a reality.  The building now has brick walls and a blue tin roof.  See the video (to the right).

      The people of Chileka give their sincere thanks to IASE as they understand the opportunities and impact this College will have for their youth.  For more information and photos on this important Volunteer Service Project site, click here.  Watch for new developments and the grand opening ceremony of the first Vocational College in Malawi, scheduled for July of 2016. 

        Joining Hands;Opening Doors ....Grand Opening Ceremony

      Sandra Trevethan and her  Peer Educators celebrate this special day.

      Local Chiefs enjoy the festivities.

      A musical performance by the Peer Educators.

      Mwayi Trust Vocational College: 

      Growing From the Ground Up

      “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
      ― Nelson Mandela

      Newest IASE Volunteer Service Project (VSP) Site in Guatemala

      Volunteers are wanted at our latest site in Guatemala.  A unique program called Labor Inclusion (Alma de Colores) trains youth and adults in the areas of handicrafts, baking , sewing, running a coffee shop and so much more. 

      For more information CHECK out our VSP site.

      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."

      IASE Volunteer Service Project in Vietnam

      IASE VSP volunteer Craig Goldsberry  expressed his feelings: "My trip to Vietnam was wonderful. All travel worked out well. It was an extraordinary month in Vietnam with extraordinary people doing extraordinary things."  The people were warm and welcoming. Xin  chao, xin chao, xin chao very much!!!"  While in  Ho Chi Minh City he was able to visit the Santa Maria Clinic and  HCMC University of Pedagogy, in Hoi An the Dien Ban Day Centre and also the OGCDC Projects of Dr. Nhan in Hue.

      Featured in this photos: VSP volunteer Craig Goldsberry  with psychologists being trained by Dr. Giang

      The Office of Genetic Counselling and Disabled Children (OGCDC) under the roof of the Hue Medical College has been setting up projects for children with disabilities since 1999.  The project of Early Intervention (EI) in Hue city, the Central of Vietnam emphasizes on creating a professional environment for supporting families with children with disabilities as well as teacher training  and colleague support. Read more about the adaptive playground that IASE VSP (Volunteer Service Project) has set up for this centre in our May issue of the  International Association of Special Education - Annuntiatus.

      National Chairs

      The role of a National Chair (NC) is to communicate nationally about the goals, activities, publications, conferences, projects, volunteer opportunities, journal, newsletter, and website of IASE.  Additionally, National Chairs communicate with the IASE Board to provide information about national inclusive and special education events such as conferences, workshops, research projects, volunteer projects, and other sharing opportunities in their countries.   For more information about this leadership opportunity, please visit the National Chairs page.

      IASE National Chair Coordinator, Shamani-Jeffery Shikwambi, facilitated a roundtable discussion session in which they shared experiences from their respective countries. Each presenter explained how they were promoting IASE in their role as a National Chair. 

      From the left: Girma Berhanu (Sweden), Yousaf Masih (Pakistan), Chair Shamani-Jeffery Shikwambi, Tolulope Eni-Olorunda (Nigeria), Swaleha Mohamedali (Tanzania) and Meng Deng (China).

      Volunteer Service Projects

      The IASE has established a Volunteer Service Committee to facilitate the identification of special educational needs in nations with developing economies, and to connect a volunteer resource person who is an IASE member.  There is a shortage of expertise in special education in many  countries, and the IASE has members with vast special educational experience who can provide volunteer assistance during their retirement, sabbatical year or summer holidays.  Presently, IASE has Volunteer Service Projects in Guatemala, ColombiaIndia, Malawi, Tanzania and Vietnam.

      Visit the Volunteer Service page for more information about how you can contribute your time and expertise, and for more information about our active sites. There is amazing work being accomplished.








      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 her 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:  Special thanks to Dr. Vicki McGinley for her five year service as publisher of this on-line journal. Her hard work and that of her student's are truly appreciated.

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