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 Member Sign-In

IASE members can register here to have access to IASE members-only webpages such as the most recent IASE publications.  After you have registered, sign-in to access these restricted pages.

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Call for IASE Board Officers Nominations 2016-2018

Nominations are being accepted for new IASE Board Officers from now until December 15, 2014.  The following positions are open:

  1.  President -Elect - 1 to be elected for two-year term;
  2.  Secretary - 1 to be elected for two-year term;
  3.  Treasurer - 1 to be elected for two-year term;
  4.  Member-at-Large - 3 to be elected for two-year term.

Descriptions of the roles and responsibilities for each of the above positions are in IASE’s Constitution and By-Laws. Click here to see the Constitution or here to see the By-Laws.  No member of the Board shall serve more than two (2) consecutive terms in the same office.

Our IASE Constitution states that the Board shall be comprised of a minimum representation of three (3) countries to reflect the international focus of the organization.  Criteria for application include a valid IASE membership and prior experience with IASE such as committee chair, National Chair, Biennial Conference committee work and volunteering at VSP sites.  Board members are not paid a salary and must attend meetings at their own expense.  If you are interested in volunteering your time and expertise, send a letter of intent and a short (one page, please) resume to Paula Leitz, IASE Nominations Chair.  These documents can be emailed to or postal mailed to Paula Leitz, IASE Nominations Committee Chair, 8220 67th St. Ct. N.W., Gig Harbor, WA USA 98335.

Your papers must be received by December 15, 2014. The committee will review all nominations and forward their recommendations to the Board for ballot approval. The voting ballot will then be included in the May Newsletter mailed to all paid members and posted on the website.

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

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.

JIASE Seeks Consulting Editors

The Journal of the International Association of Special Education (JIASE) is currently seeking consulting editors from countries other than the U.S. IASE members from countries, other than the US, who are willing to join the editorial team as consulting editors are encouraged to contact the editor, Dr. Morgan Chitiyo, at Please send a brief letter of interest and abbreviated CV.

The JIASE is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes research and PRAXIS articles on the education of children with exceptional needs from around the world. The PRAXIS section of the journal is intended for the dissemination of practical strategies that readers can immediately implement in their classrooms/schools. These methods/strategies may be new and unique ideas or they can be effective methods/strategies that teachers have been using and believe that by their publication, many more teachers could implement them in their classrooms.

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.

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 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

Visit the Documents page to view all documents, forms and publications.
Some of the IASE documents are saved as PDF files and you will need Adobe Reader to open them.   Click here to download a free version of Adobe Reader.
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