In partnership with CECD Mira Sintra and the BEYOND project, EASPD is hosting the European Conference ‘To Inclusive Education and BEYOND’, bringing together key stakeholders to explore how we can support the transition towards inclusive education across Europe. Hosted online, the conference will take place on 5th-7th May.
Additionally to the conference, EASPD members can also attend Member Fora meetings (3rd and 4th May), Board meeting (5th May) and the General Assembly (7th May).
Working language of the conference: English.
Interpretation will be available in Portuguese and Spanish.
The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) represents the interests of over 17,000 social care and support service providers for persons with disabilities across 34 European countries.
CECD Mira Sintra is a Portuguese-based Cooperative for Social Solidarity which seeks to respond annually to 2,200 children, young people and adults, who need specialized support in the areas of education, training, employment, occupational activities, health, homes and home support.
‘To Inclusive Education and BEYOND ‘(BEYOND) is a Erasmus+ funded project, which aims to empower special schools and service providers supporting children with special needs, to facilitate the transition towards fully inclusive education systems.
Inclusive education must be a founding principle of any education system at all levels, to enable all learners, regardless of their support needs, to fulfil their full potential. The ‘To Inclusive Education and BEYOND’ conference will bring together key stakeholders to explore how we can work together to support the transition towards inclusive education across Europe.
Touching on issues, such as staff training needs, the role of support service providers, the importance of multidisciplinary cooperation and need for adequate policy frameworks, the conference will address the key challenges and opportunities for the inclusion of all learners in mainstream schools as well as promote promising practices in the field of education.
The conference aims to:
- Take stock of the impact of COVID-19 on the education of learners with disabilities and lessons learnt;
- Bring together all stakeholders, including service providers, learners with disabilities, teachers, parents and local authorities to discuss the way forward for inclusive education;
- Share promising practices and innovative tools for the achievement of inclusive education and the training of social care and support service staff;
- Together build on EASPD’s 2015 Salzburg Declaration to develop key recommendations for the achievement of inclusive education.