International Association of Special Education

Fostering a Global Exchange of Ideas and Information

Biennial Conference Proceedings

14th Biennial Conference, June 2015, Wroclaw, Poland

Welcome to the proceedings of the 14th biennial conferences of the International Association of Special Education (IASE). The theme of the 2015 IASE biennial conference is “New Dimensions Toward Education, Advocacy and Collaboration for Individuals with Special Needs.” As in the past, this IASE biennial conference is designed with the intent of bringing special educators, families, and other interested professionals and individuals together to share ideas and experiences, celebrate acomplishments, and of course create and renew friendships. We hope that you will take this opportunity to learn about new developments from around the world designed to promote education, advocacy, and collaboration with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life for individuals with disabilities.

A big thanks to everyone who participated in the conference, all the presenters who submitted their abstracts for inclusion in the conference proceedings, and all those who contributed to making the conference a success.

                                                                                                                              Editors:  Morgan Chitiyo,  Greg Prater,   Lynn Aylward,   George Chitiyo,  Priti Haria,  and Elizabeth Dalton

The biennial conferences of the International Association of Special Education (IASE) are designed with the intent of bringing special educators, families, and other interested professionals and individuals together to share ideas and experiences, celebrate acomplishments, and of course create and renew friendships. This year the IASE is proudly sponsoring the 13th biennial conference on the theme, “The Bridge from Segregation to Inclusion....A Long Journey.”  Most would agree that it has been a long journey towards the realization of inclusive education for learners with special needs.  Most would also agree that that ultimate goal has not been achieved across the globe. Hence, the need to continue exploring and sharing ways through which we can realize this goal.  This conference was designed to do that.


It is our hope that these proceedings will be helpful to you in your endeavour to advance the education of learners with disabilities around the world.  We have included the contact information for the presenters in case you would be interested in learning more about the presentations.


We thank all the presenters who submitted their abstracts for inclusion in the conference proceedings and all those who contributed to making the conference a success.  Finally, we appreciate and honor all of you who are committed to making a difference in the lives of the many children who are challenged by disability around the world.

Editors:  Morgan Chitiyo,  Greg Prater,   Lynn Aylward,   George Chitiyo,   Ann Hughes,  and Elizabeth Dalton

The International Association of Special Education (IASE) holds an international conference every two years with the intent of bringing special educators, families, and other interested professionals and individuals together to share ideas and experiences, celebrate acomplishments, and of course create and renew friendships. This year the IASE is proudly sponsoring the twefth biennial conference whose theme is: "Educating Every Learner, Every Day: A Global Responsibility.” Indeed, educating every learner is a global responsibility and what better opportunity could we have, than this gathering, to learn from each other on what has emerged or could still be emerging as ― best and effective practice‖ for serving children with special needs around the world.


We hope you will find the manuscripts insightful and therefore, helpful in advancing your work with children and youth with disabilities around the world. We have included contact information for the presenters, in case you want to learn more about the presentations.


We thank all the presenters who submitted their abstracts for inclusion in the conference proceedings. We also thank all those who participated in making the conference a success. Finally, we would like to register our appreciation to all those who are committed to making a difference in the lives of the many children who are challenged by disability everywhere on earth.

EditorsMorgan Chitiyo,  Greg Prater,  Lynn Aylward,  George Chitiyo.  Charles Chata,  Ann Hughes

Biennially, at the conference of the International Association of Special Education (IASE), educators from around the world gather to share ideas, learn from each other, make new friends, and establish new professional networks.  Through this conference, we are able to celebrate our accomplishments toward providing better services to children and youth with unique life challenges.  Simultaneously, we are made more cognizant of the enormity of the work that remains to be done in all sectors of the world in order to conserve and enhance the potential of the next generations.


IASE is pleased to sponsor the 2009 conference on Broadening the Horizon: Recognizing, Accepting, and Embracing Differences to Make a Better World for Individuals with Special Needs. Individuals whose proposals were accepted for presentation at the conference were invited to submit a short paper representative of their presentation to be reviewed and included in the conference proceedings. Although many presenters did not take advantage of the opportunity to submit manuscripts, others did.  We feel certain you will find the manuscripts interesting and you will want to learn more about many of the topics.  For your information, we have provided addresses and/or e-mail addresses to facilitate your efforts to make contact with authors.


As editors of the proceedings, we want to express our appreciation to those who submitted manuscripts and to the numerous individuals who assisted in the review process.  Further, we sincerely appreciate the work of the editorial staff at the University of North Texas’ Institute for Behavioral and Learning Differences who helped produce the final product.

Each of you are challenge to continue the great work you are doing!

Editors:  Lyndal M. Bullock,  Mickie Wong-Lo,  Robert A. Gable,  Cristina Cardona

Biennially, professionals from around the world come together for the opportunity to share ideas, learn from each other, and make new friends at the conference of The International Association of Special Education (IASE).  By coming together in such a forum, we are able to celebrate our accomplishments toward serving the needs of children and youth with unique life challenges.  At the same time, we are made more cognizant of the enormity of what remains to be done in all sectors of the world in order to conserve and enhance the potential of the children and youth.


IASE is proud to sponsor the 2007 conference on Global Challenges in Special Needs Education: Past, Present, and Future. Individuals whose proposals were accepted for presentation at this conference were invited to submit an abstract representative of their presentation to be reviewed and included in the conference proceedings.  Although many presenters did not take advantage of the opportunity to submit manuscripts, others did. We feel certain you will find the manuscripts interesting and you will want to learn more about the topic being discussed.  In the event you desire to learn more about a presentation represented in the proceedings, we have provided contact information so you can make inquiries as warranted.


As editors of the proceedings, we want to express our appreciation to those who submitted manuscripts and to numerous individuals who assisted in the review process.  Further, we sincerely appreciate the work of the editorial staff at the University of North Texas’ Institute for Behavioral and Learning Differences who helped produce the final product.  We challenge each of you to continue the great work that you are doing!

Editors: Lyndal M. Bullock, Vivian Heung,  Lynn Aylward

  • 9th Biennial Conference, July 2005, Halifax, Canada

  • 8th Biennial Conference, Hong Kong, canceled due to flu epidemic

  • 7th Biennial Conference, July 2001, Warsaw, Poland