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International Association of Special Education

Fostering a Global Exchange of Ideas and Information


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IASE 6th Virtual Dialogue Meeting

Parents as Partners and Advocates

26 February 2022 9am-11am EST

We had a wonderful time during our first 5 Virtual Dialogue Meetings. Thank you to all who attended! We cannot wait to see you at the next one. 

Save the Date

IASE 17th Biennial Conference: Building an Inclusive Culture


July 10-14, 2022 

Start Planning Today

for our 17th Biennial Conference

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

(Given the ongoing situation with COVID-19 and the uncertainty that surrounds it, our conference in Vietnam 2021 has been postponed to July 2022. Our concern is the safety of our participants from around the world. Looking forward to seeing you in 2022! )

Sponsor a Teacher or Student 

from Vietnam

Take Action! 

Show your support by Raising Your Hand for inclusive education worldwide. We are taking donations now! Your donation will support a teacher and or a student from Vietnam to attend our 17th Biennial IASE July, 2022 Conference. Invest in our future today!

Call for Proposals is Closed

 Late Applications will be Waitlisted

Marg Csapo Scholarship

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Membership Plans

Membership Type For 2021                                  Sponsorship, Scholarship and All Donations

Members Only Link. 

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IASE Payment Plan

Welcome to our new payment system. Authorize.net is one of the safest gateways out there. They're well known as one of the most secure solutions on the market. To become a member you can join by using our 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! Please note your membership is good for one year from the month that you have joined. 

If you wish to pay by check you can mail this to IASE c/o P.O. Box 2159, Mesa Arizona, 85214, USA. Membership is now due the date you make payment so check with our membership chair if you have any further questions. For more about joining IASE go to IASE Benefits. All other membership inquiries contact: [email protected]

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.

Life-Time Members

Dr. Marg Csapo

Dr. Bob Henderson

Mr.Stan Love

VSP- A Special Tribute During COVID 19

SPJ Sadhana staff member Tegal Kothari, located in Mumbai, India, would like to share a You Tube video prepared by their students.

VSP Featured Sites


EDUCACIÓN Y FAMILIA, Barranquilla, Colombia

The foundation PROSEFAM operates in the south-west of Barranquilla, Colombia. This VSP site has been developing a school that works with children, the elderly, and young people with psycho-sociable problems by providing free education, AIDS and Legal support of guidance in general. Check out more information on PROSEFAM by visiting our site too! Below you can see children welcoming IASE volunteers in style.

After 17 years...…. The Kianh Foundation (Dien Ban Day Centre) is the literal blood, sweat, tears and commitment of Jackie Wrafter M.B.E (and her dedicated team).

In June 2018 Jackie was deservedly recognized on the Queen's honours list and received an M.B.E at Buckingham Palace this December. Jackie exemplifies the power of authenticity and resolve. Jackie thanks for being such a visionary and changemaker. We are proud to have you as one of our VSP sites.

Dien Ban Day Centre, Vietnam

Dien Ban has one of the highest proportions of disadvantaged children and children with disabilities in Central Vietnam. Based on government records, there are over 1,000 children with disabilities and or special needs living in Dien Ban, the majority of whom do not have access to any kind of support services. It is difficult to pinpoint the exact number of children with disabilities in this area as we regularly encounter children who are not listed on any government list.

To address this need, the Kianh Foundation built a custom-designed Day Centre for children with disability. The centre is the first of its kind in the region and will address a critical gap by providing much-needed special education and therapies such as physiotherapy and speech 

to children with disabilities.

IASE has been working with Dien Ban Day Centre since its opening in 2012. This centre is the first of its kind in the region and addresses a critical gap by providing much-needed special education and therapies such as physiotherapy and speech to children with special needs.

We named it Kianh after a young boy who had Cerebral Palsy. His parents had both died in an accident and he had been placed in an orphanage with his older brother and sister. His day to day life was dire but he was still very happy and smiley and extremely beautiful and charismatic.

Jackie Wrafter-Director and Co Founder

At two years of age, Trang is the youngest full time student at the Centre.

Donate Now to one of our VSP sites.

" All of us do not have equal talent , but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talents."

- John F. Kennedy

Children at Dien Ban Day Centre

Check out an amazing organic garden at Dien Ban Day Centre.

There is no better way for our children to learn about the natural world around them, and to nurture a respect and love for it, than in this safe and lush environment.

Latest Video about Jackie and Dien Ban Day Centre

In Memory of our Founder

Dr. Marg Csapo

The IASE Story Continues...

She loved every minute of the journey so far in hopes that others continue her legacy of giving back!

An Idea is Born

More than one billion people around the world, of whom nearly 93 million are children, live with some form of disability. Persons with disabilities experience inequalities in their daily lives, and have fewer opportunities to access a quality education which takes place in an inclusive environment. In 1989, the non-profit International Association of Special Education (IASE) was founded with the vision to improve the quality of life and service delivery for all individuals with special needs. IASE gives individuals an opportunity for collaboration across borders by learning from each other. With the help of local and invited experts, participants search for effective strategies to learn how to organize relevant leadership training in their home countries.

"Achieving inclusive and quality education for all reaffirms the belief that education is one of the most powerful and proven vehicles for sustainable development " (Sustainable Development Goal 4). So as we approach another year let us continue to hear about your stories and how IASE has impacted you!

Joining IASE is a life-time investment.


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 Federal ID# is 43-1974089.

Volunteer Service Projects (VSP)

In 2005 the Board of the International Association of Special Education approved the establishment of the IASE Volunteer Service Committee. This committee focuses on supporting the Volunteer Service Projects (VSPs) at sites around the world.

These projects provide further assistance in the area of special education service to agencies, schools, and organizations by sharing professional expertise, materials, and tools for educators and students in developing countries. The volunteers who provide this nondenominational altruistic service are IASE members. All staff and volunteers receive no monetary remuneration.

The IASE GIVING Funds are used specifically to support our Volunteer Service Project sites. This allows each site to operate and transform over time into a change agent within their respective country.

The Toa Nafasi Project

SPJ Sadhana

School....IASE Evolving

The 16th Biennial conference sought to share the best practices for “Empowering Persons with Disabilities: Developing Resilience and Inclusive Sustainable Development.”

SPJ Sadhana fielded a delegation of 5 Special Educators, who presented the school’s best practices SEKOMU, the venue of the conference is located in a scenic hill station with very low


The hospitality of the hosts was gracious and the energy of the participants was infectious. The experience of presenting a paper to a global audience was also an enriching one and papers were well received for their dynamic application based content.

Exchanges among the participants is what makes world conferences a must have experience and so it was with the IASE. Whether the work of those in privileged countries or those

from countries poor on resources and technology; whether it was work from an established University or work at grass-root levels in impoverished environments, the Conference aimed at inclusiveness, whether in academic education, social understanding or psychological perception. Everyone had something worthwhile to contribute and everyone was driven by compassion to improve the lives of those with disabilities. 

IASE Outcomes

  • We now have 14 VSP sites in six developing countries;
  • We have several VSP sites that are now sustaining themselves;
  • We have collected data on the success of our VSP sites;
  • We are in the process of writing and publishing a book on these VSP projects;
  • Several of our sites have publications on research and best practice;
  • Support for workshops between volunteers and youth;
  • Support for workshops at VSP sites with local educators;
  • Creation of a short documentary on the social impact of these projects;
  • Biennial Conferences showcasing best practices and research around the world;
  • Produce an annual refereed Journal;
  • Publish quarterly newsletters;
  • Provide opportunities for IASE members to network, collaborate, publish, and interact internationally.
  • Provide information on our rich history, research and so much more!

Why You Should Become An IASE Member

Reflecting on 2017, I must thank you and the Board of IASE for giving me the opportunity to participate in the 15th Biennial Conference in Perth Australia through the Marg Csapo Scholarship. It has created new horizons for me and has also inspired many people with whom I work in Guyana, because there are very limited opportunities for Guyanese in these areas despite the amazing work done in the field of Special Education.

Shewin Fraser - Deputy Principal, 

President's College, Guyana

Check this off your 2021 list! Begin the year by making differences around the globe and donate today! Your generous support is most welcome. Check out our VSP sites today.

Through the generosity of our IASE members we were able to sponsor 25 Tanzanian Teachers (registration fees) to attend our past IASE conference. Thanks for making this happen!

The online journal has transferred its editorial office from Canada to Poland. The Journal is indexed in international bases, among others, in Emerging Sources Citation Index (Web of Science) and SCOPUS. Now the time has come to take another step and we hope we can continue the path taken by Dr. Marg Csapo as well as honor her legacy. Professor Małgorzata Sekułowicz, who cooperated and was friends with Dr. Csapo for many years, will become the chief of editorial board. 

We welcome submissions free of charge to everyone who is interested in special education, inclusive practices, social services, community development, advocacy, empowerment or is a student of special education. If you are bilingual with English being your second language and done research and/or have practical experience in the area of special needs, especially working with children and school age youth and their families in school and/or social setting, Consider submitting your work for consideration to be published in our upcoming issues. Please submit your manuscript via e-mail to [email protected] . Feel free to review all issues and publishing process by going to  our new website at: http://internationalsped.com

IASE Documents

Visit the More link 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