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.


                    IASE 16th Biennial Conference

                             in collaboration with 

               Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University

                      Magamba, Tanzania East Africa
                              July 13-17, 2019

Conference Liaison and  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 and registration forms will be posted soon. 

Members of the Tanzanian Local IASE Conference Committee  are beginning to plan our 16th Biennial Conference. Stay tuned for more exciting updates. 

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

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 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.

      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 now has a rolling membership. So your membership is due one year from the date of payment.  Renew Today!  If you have any question feel free to contact  Karen Nave at


      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
      IASE continues to reach out to members around the world as we spread the word of what IASE has to offer.  Part of this comes from the generosity of our membership.  Here you get an opportunity to sponsor a new member and become part of their lives.  For more information, go to membership or contact our Membership Chair,  Karen Nave
      So sponsor a member today and make a difference for your fellow educators around the globe.

      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.  

      Centro Maya Integral Service is far from being something exclusive for children with disabilities, over the years new services have been opened that help the labor inclusion of people with disabilities and also psychological services for children who report behavior problems or family services. 

       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."
      This year Manuel is now studying law and working as a waiter.  He still loves music and played another song for us too! 

      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 Co Chair Coordinator, Zandile Nkabinde facilitated a roundtable discussion session in which our National Chairs shared experiences from their respective countries. Each presenter explained how they were promoting IASE in their role as a National Chair. 

      From the left: IASE National Co Chair Zandile Nkabinde (USA), Anuupriya Chadha (India), Yousaf Masih (Pakistan), and  Ann-Louise Ljungblad representing (Sweden)for Girma Berhanu.

      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.

      IASE Documents

      Visit the Documents page to view all documents, forms and publications.
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