International Association of Special Education

Fostering a Global Exchange of Ideas and Information

Our Mission

The mission of the International Association of Special Education (IASE) is to improve the quality of life and service delivery for all individuals identified as having special needs.

Founded in 1985, IASE members  include  teachers, teacher  trainers, professors, speech clinicians, psychologists, health care providers, social workers, counselors, family  members and those associated with related disciplines.

Our Aims

The aims of IASE are:

  • to promote professional exchange among special educators all over the world.
  • to develop special education as a discipline and profession.
  • to encourage  international cooperation and collaborative international research.
  • to promote continuing education of its members by organizing conferences in different countries around the world.
  • to foster international communication in special education through the Journal of the International Association of Special Education.

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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.

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.

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Call for Proposals 
for the 14th Biennial Conference in Wroclaw, Poland, June 21-25, 2015

Conference co-chairs, Dr. James Chapple and Professor Malgorzata Sekulowicz, announce the Call for Proposals for IASE's 14th Biennial Conference to be held in Wroclaw, Poland from June 21-25, 2015.  Please read carefully the Criteria for Submitting a Proposal.  Then select one of the three ways for submitting your proposal: on-line, via e-mail or via postal mail. 

Criteria for Submitting a Proposal

On-line Proposal Submission

Call for Proposals  (WORD format - E-mail submission)

Call for Proposals  (PDF format - Postal mail submission)

For more information about our upcoming conference, please visit our Biennial Conference page over the coming months.

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.

Volunteer Service Projects

The IASE has established a Volunteer Service Committee to facilitate the identification of special  educational needs in developing countries and connect a volunteer resource person who is an IASE member.  There is a shortage of expertise in special education in many developing countries and the IASE has many members with vast special educational experience who can provide volunteer assistance during their retirement, sabbatical year or summer holidays.  Presently, IASE has Volunteer Service sites 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 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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