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:
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.
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 (to the right).
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. Watch for new developments and the grand opening ceremony of the first Vocational Training College in Malawi, scheduled for July of 2016.
Mwayi Trust Vocational College:
Growing From the Ground Up
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.
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.
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).
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, Colombia, India, 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 48 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 our new website at: http://www.internationaljournalofspecialed.com/ 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.