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Conference Language: English with english real-time captions and interpretation in Portuguese and Spanish.


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Wednesday 5th May 2021

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  • Jim Crowe, EASPD President
  • Miguel Valles, President of the Board CECD Mira Sintra
  • João Costa, Portuguese Secretary State for Education


A flavour of Lisbon 


Inclusive education: The way forward

Keynote Speech: Tony Booth, Co-author of the Index for Inclusion


Panel 1

Where are we now? State of play of inclusive education in Europe 

  • Aija Rinkinen, World Bank
  • Stefan Iszkowski, European Commission 
  • Carmen Dorrance, Hochschule Fulda
  • Denisa Denglerová, Masaryk University
  • Andreia Filipa Baleca, Humanitas


Coffee Break


Parallel Workshops

From Inclusive Education to Inclusive Employment Opportunities

  • Moderator: Fabrizio Fea, Co-Chair of Member Forum on Employment
  • Femke Houbrechts, Konekt 

Working with Early Intervention Services to Build Inclusive Education

Interpretation in Portuguese

  • Moderator: Vasilka Dimoska, Co-Chair of Member Forum on Early Intervention
  • Vivien Gyuris, Nesting Play
  • Ezter Harsányi, Nesting Play

The Role of Arts and Culture in Inclusive Education

  • Moderator: Eoin Nash, Co-Chair of Member Forum on Arts & Culture
  • Ger Canning, Cork Education and Training Board

  • Hugh McCarthy, Munster Technological University

Using technology to Promote Participation for Students with Disabilities in School Activities 

Interpretation in Spanish

  • Moderator: Dionysios Serras, E.Psy.Me
  • Noa Nitzan, Beit Issie Shapiro

Inclusion on the Move: Inclusive Post-Secondary Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities in Europe

  • Moderator: Zoé Lardou, EASPD Learning and Development Officer
  • Michael Shevlin, Trinity College Dublin
  • Wolfgang Plaute, PH Salzburg
13.00End of Day 1

Thursday 6th May

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Morning Energizer

  • Christopher Kreinbucher-Bekerle, University of Graz
  • Representatives of Special Olympics



Panel 2

Working in partnership to move towards inclusive education

  • Moderator: Miguel Valles, President of Board of CECD Mira Sintra
  • Yousra Sandabad, Centre de la Gabrielle
  • Mariana Barreiras, Student

  • Mónica Costa, Mother

  • Filipa Pereira, Special Education Teacher

  • Andreia Caeiro, Service Provider from the Resource Centre for Inclusion (RCI)

11:30Coffee Break

Parallel Workshops:

Staff training for the achievement of Inclusive Educational Settings

Interpretation in Portuguese

  • Caroline Breyer, University of Graz
  • Barbara Gasteiger-Klicpera, University of Graz
  • João Canossa Dias, ARCIL

Adapted physical education, inclusive school sport events and the role of social service provider

Interpretation in Spanish

  • Moderator: Domenico Manente, EASPD
  • Christoph Kreinbucher-Bekerle, University of Graz

#RightToConnectNow: tachling the digital divide through accessibility training

  • Moderator: Magdalena Verseckas, EASPD
  • Jon Switters, Funka
  • Ilaria Valoti, AIAS Bologna

Raising awareness of disability issues amongst childcare and education professionals: Experiences on the ground

  • Moderator: Ákos Pordán, Hand in Hand Foundation
  • Mónika Tóth, Hand in Hand Foundation
  • Iringó Vargancsik, KEY - Social Educators Association
  • Tímea Markovics, Comenius Pedagogical Institute

The role of support service providers in inclusive education 

  • Els Teijsen, UCLL Research & Expertise
  • Annemie Jennes, vzw Katholiek Onderwijs Vlaanderen

Quality of Life Index for Inclusive Education: A tool for the future monitoring?

  • Moderator: Konstantina Leventi, EASPD
  • Antonio M Amor, University of Salamanca
  • Prof. Miguel Verdugo, University of Salamanca
13.00End of Day 2

Evening Performance 

Friday 7th May 2021

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Morning Energiser 

  • Jesús Placencia

Please bring a pen and paper for this session.


Panel 3A

Lifelong learning and VET for persons with disabilities

  • Moderator: Michael Longhino, Chance B
  • Ricarda Motschilnig, University of Klagenfurt
  • Filip Kozlica, OSVIT
  • Jelena Opačak, URIHO
  • Esmeralda Micallef Zarafa, Lino Spiteri Foundation

Panel 3B

Supporting the development of the social service workforce through education and training

  • Moderator:James Churchill, Social Care Training
  • Representative of EPSU
  • Sylvain Renouvel, Social Employers
  • Marcela Hajtmánková, TENENET
  • Anastasia Pouliou, CEDEFOP 
11:00Coffee Break

Panel 4

To Inclusive Education and BEYOND: Developing EU policies for inclusive education

  • Moderator: Luk Zelderloo, Secretary General, EASPD
  • Lieven Boeve, Katholiek Onderwijs Vlaanderen

  • Dora Husz, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture

  • Amanda Watkins, European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education

  • Albert Prévos, European Disability Forum


Closing Remarks

  • Jim Crowe, EASPD President

End of Day 3