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 48 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.

14th Biennial Conference Registration Now Open 
Wroclaw, Poland, June 21-25, 2015

Please visit the Biennial Conference page for information on the upcoming 14th Biennial Conference in Wroclaw, Poland from June 21 to June 25, 2015.  Presentation proposals from 37 countries have been submitted so this promises to be a lively, engaging four days of conversations around the conference topic, "New Dimensions Toward Education, Advocacy and Collaboration for Individuals with Special Needs".  The Conference Registration Packet includes a tentative conference schedule, information about optional sightseeing tours, hotel reservation details, conference registration forms and more.  Start planning now and we'll see you in Wroclaw!

Become a Member

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

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IASE Seeks Proposals for the 2019 Conference Sites

IASE, with membership in 50 countries, is seeking proposals for consideration for the 2019 Conference.   We welcome proposals for a venue site that meets the requirements listed below.

1.     Be located in a city with an international airport.

2.     Be able to provide adequate meeting space: (a) 12-15 meeting rooms that would accommodate 25-35 persons for sessions, (b) one large meeting space (to accommodate  400 people) for general plenary sessions  and (c) space for registration, exhibits, and poster sessions.

3.     Provide equipment that may be needed (e.g., overheads, and/or LCD projectors, screens, lap tops, easels).

4.     Have food services available at/near the venue site.

5.     Be situated in a reasonably close proximity to hotels.

6.     Be able and willing to help promote the conference in your region/country.

7.     Be willing to provide guidance to the IASE planning committee regarding appropriate tours, school visits, venue for Gala Dinner, and more.

8.     Be able to designate a minimum of 5-6 people to serve on a Local Planning Committee who would work with the IASE Planning Committee on various conference related needs (e.g., printing conference program).

9.     Be able and willing to accept registrations from your own country. This would include accepting the registrations and funds, and maintaining appropriate records for accounting purposes.

10.   Have available low cost sleeping rooms (e.g., dorms) for individuals who seek/prefer to stay on the university campus.

If you are interested in hosting the 2019 IASE Conference, please develop and submit a proposal to IASE to host the conference utilizing the information delineated above by August 1, 2015.  Please send your proposal to Dr. Iris Drower , IASE President, P.O. Box 2159, Mesa, Arizona, 85214, USA or email your proposal to :

IASE Supports Construction of Mwayi Trust Vocational Training Centre 
in Blantyre, Malawi

With the help of a generous grant from IASE, the Mwayi Trust Vocational Training Centre in Blantyre, Malawi is becoming a reality.  The building now has brick walls and a blue tin roof.  See the video below.

The people of Chileka give their sincere thanks to IASE as they understand the opportunities and impact this Centre will have for their youth.  For more information and photos on this important Volunteer Service Project site, click here.

Mwayi Trust Vocational Training Centre: 

Growing From the Ground Up

IASE's Newest Volunteer Service Project Site in Barranquilla, Colombia

Funprosefam, an inclusive school and community center designed to teach the whole child as an individual, is IASE's newest Volunteer Service Project site.  Located in Barranquilla, Colombia, Funprosefam provides social services to the community's children, youth, adults and seniors.  For more information on this VSP site, click here or choose the "VSP-Colombia" tab under the "Volunteer Service" tab above.

IASE National Chair for Tanzania 
Special Event

Special educators hosted by Uhuru School staff in Arusha, Tanzania. The event was organized by Swaleha Mohamedali, IASE National Chair for Tanzania.

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.

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 Projectss in Bangladesh, 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 46 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 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:

IASE Documents

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