International Association of Special Education

Fostering a Global Exchange of Ideas and Information

Vision

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.

Mission


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.

15th Biennial Conference Updates

Get Ready for a Real 'Down Under' Experience in Perth, Australia June 25-29, 2017  Submit your Call For Proposals Now!
Deadline for submission is Oct 1, 2016.

Marg Csapo Scholarships

Do you know a dedicated educator who would like to attend the IASE 15th Biennial  Conference in Perth, Australia? The application deadline is fast approaching for the Marg Csapo Scholarship.   Applications must be received by October 1, 2016. 

The application process has changed! We want to know who you are, your role in special education, and how you will use what you learn at the conference in Perth. Please go to the  “Scholarships” tab for more information and to download an application.
For more information contact  Meghan Mulvenna at specialtravelers@gmail.com

Our Local Steering Committee has been working around the clock to provide you with a most exciting venue for the 15th Biennial IASE conference to be held in Perth, Australia. They have selected a wide range of accommodation options and some very exciting trips for our delegates to explore.  Our collaborators: Curtin University, Edith Cowan University and the Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia and are also working to ensure a memorable experience for all !
 Accommodation options are now open for your review and personal bookings.

Check out our latest tour options below.   They are now open for review and only a click away!

The 15th Biennial Conference of The International Association of Special Education is now accepting proposal submissions.

The International Association of Special Education (IASE) in collaboration with Curtin University, Edith Cowan University and the Association of Independent
Schools of Western Australia  invites academics, practitioners, community leaders, NGOs and independent scholars and researchers from around the world to meet and exchange the latest ideas and discuss issues addressing the exceptional  needs of the whole child and young adult.
For more information on proposal submissions check 
here.

IASE Membership Plans

Membership Type For 2016

Sponsorship, Scholarship and Donations

IASE Payment Plan

Welcome to our new payment system.  We are now using  an Authorize.Net Payment Gateway account which accepts credit cards and deposits funds automatically into our bank account.  All amounts are in US dollars. Please note you have three choices of cards (Visa, Mastercard or Discover), Just click on the buttons to the left under Membership Type for our dues. Click on the buttons to the right to sponsor a new member, to contribute to the  Marg Csapo Scholarship  and for general donations. Just click on the payment for you! 
If you wish to pay by check you can mail this to IASE c/o P.O, Box 170061
Milwaukee,WI 53217, USA

IASE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The registered agent is located at 700 Pilgrim Parkway, Suite 104, Elm Grove, Wisconsin, 53122-2063 USA. Our IASE Federal ID# is 43-1974089.

Become a Member Today!

    Membership Opportunities

Sponsor a Member


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. 




We have a new link under our MEMBERSHIP PAGE called Membership Opportunities.
Please begin to see what our members are now doing around the globe!
Check out conferences, an international art competition and so much more.
IASE continues to reach out to members around the world as we spread the word of what IASE has to offer.  Part of this comes from the generosity of our membership.  Here you get an opportunity to sponsor a new member and become part of their lives.  For more information, go to membership or contact our Membership Chair, Karen Nave at knave@mtintouch.net

IASE Supports Construction of Mwayi Trust Vocational College in Blantyre, Malawi

With the help of a generous funding from IASE, the Mwayi Trust Vocational College 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 College 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 College in Malawi, scheduled for July of 2016. 

  Joining Hands;Opening Doors ....Grand Opening Ceremony

Sandra Trevethan and her  Peer Educators celebrate this special day.

Local Chiefs enjoy the festivities.

A musical performance by the Peer Educators.

Mwayi Trust Vocational College: 

Growing From the Ground Up

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
― Nelson Mandela

IASE Volunteer Service Project in Vietnam


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.

Newest IASE Volunteer Service Project (VSP) Site in Guatemala


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.

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.


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).


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 Projects in Guatemala, 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.

Guatemala

 Columbia

 India

Malawi

Tanzania

Vietnam

501(c)(3)

IASE is an international organization working with people in more than 50 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.

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.
Please contact our web administrator  for problems, questions or comments concerning this website.