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So what is unique about special education in the United States and the similarities and differences from other countries?

In the United States, special education is broadly defined as "Specialized Instruction and Related Services." So, is that what special education and/or inclusive education is defined or practiced in other countries and communities? In order to explore this issue plan to attend our 18th Biennial Conference in Pilsen in the Czech Republic from June 28 thru July 1, 2024. Please review the following brochure developed by the Pilsen Conference Committee in order to plan for your attendance and participation in this important international opportunity to learn about "Specialized Instruction and Related Services" from the many special education professionals, service providers and families from across the international community that will convene in Pilsen.

Special education in Czech is "Speciální pedagogika."

Inclusion is "Inkluze" and

"začlenění"- inclusion, integration, integrating, incorporation, incorporating, mainstreaming

"zahrnutí"- include, inclusion, incorporating, rollup, mainstreaming

Get Ready for the Conference in the Czech Republic

Check Lists:

 HEALTH CHECKS – check with your doctor and determine whether you need shots and/or vaccines

 Make sure your passport is up to date and current; 

 Keep your photocopied passport pages at hand;

 Check to see if you need a visa and proceed accordingly – You can do an e-visa (many countries are offering this) make sure you indicate the reason for your visit is: TOURIST, also print a copy to carry with you;

 Bring a copy of your COVID test card and any vaccinations, insurance card and travel insurance; 

 Book your local lodging in Pilsen, the Czech Republic (check out our website for options) indicate on your message that you are part of IASE;

 Register for the Conference and check for updates –

 Determine whether or not you want to take part in one of the Local Tours Friday June 27, 2024. You can sign up during registration and on website. 

 Bring an item for our live and silent auction (money goes for our Marg Csapo Scholarship fund;

 Bring any children and or adult art you wish to share or display;

  Our Gala dinner, Monday evening in downtown Pilsen (included in your fees) will be a celebration of cultures and achievements, please dress in your native attire;

 Take an opportunity before departing to learn some basic Czech

Hello- "Dobrý den" Teacher- "Učitel" School- "škola" Social Worker "sociální pracovník" and make sure you have Czech currency as they do not use the Euros (EUR)

 Alert your bank and credit card Company of your travel plans. You can use credit cards to secure cash advances or to get cash at a bureau de change or local bank. You can easily bring US dollars and convert them to Czech Crown (koruna) once in country;

The official currency of the Czech Republic is the Czech crown (koruna), abbreviated as , with the international abbreviation CZK. 1 crown consists of 100 hellers (haléř), abbreviated as hal. Heller coins have not been in use since September 1, 2008, but hellers are still incorporated into merchandise prices. The final price is always rounded off to the nearest crown value.

The approximate value of 100 CZK is 4 EUR/5 USD.

Coins: 1 Kč, 2 Kč, 5 Kč, 10 Kč, 20 Kč, 50 Kč Banknotes: 100 Kč, 200 Kč, 500 Kč, 1000 Kč, 2000 Kč, 5000 Kč   As the official currency, the Czech crown is the best and often the only possible currency to use when paying. Although the Czech Republic is part of the European Union, the euro is not widely accepted here. Some stores, restaurants and hotels accept payments in euros but the exchange rate may not be very favorable.

Money Tips for Travelers Always change money in a bank or take cash out of ATM machines, which are plentiful in Prague and Pilsen. ATM machines are a very convenient way to get Czech crowns.

• Be careful when using money exchange offices. Many of them target tourists, especially in Prague, and you may end up paying a high commission or getting a bad rate without even knowing about it.

• NEVER agree to changing money on the street. If you do, you may end up being robbed or receiving other than Czech currency in return for your cash.

• Don't carry large amounts of cash with you. Carry a credit card and take money out of a cash machine as you go. You can also use your card to make payments. Major credit cards are accepted in most locations.

• Always try to pay in Czech crowns. Even though euros are accepted at some stores and restaurants, the exchange rate is not always favorable. The change you receive will be in Czech crowns.

 Keep your belongings by your side at all times and try to leave all your valuables in a security deposit box of your hotel:

 Bring an array of short sleeves, long pants, long skirts or dresses. Also bring sunscreen, a hat, and even an umbrella.

-Footwear should be kept comfortable and sensible; 

-Sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended as the intensity of the sun needs to be taken into consideration; 

-If bringing smartphones, camera and laptops (be prepared to take with you the appropriate converter); 

-Bring hand sanitizer as a precaution. 

For more travel tips go to our website at



 Lunches are provided every day as part of your registration; Monday is not provided

 Always be mindful of your personal space. Keep your handbag close and your belongings out of sight. Do not flash large sums of money. After making a withdrawal at an ATM, quickly put your funds away and count them later. 

 Before photographing any individuals or groups, make sure you have permission. If denied, move on; 

 Tipping has not been customary in Czech Republic; 

 WiFi will be available at most hotels and at the University conference site.

Adapter Information:

The Czech Republic uses Type C and E plugs, which are standard throughout most of the continent. Type C consists of the two round poles that enter into two holes, while Type E has an additional smaller pin up the top. Type F plugs will also be compatible with these outlets.

 Take care...

"Uvidíme se tam" (see you soon!)

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