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To Inclusive Education and BEYOND! Registrations open for EASPD online spring conference

Registrations are now open for the online conference ‘To Inclusive Education and BEYOND.’Held on 5th-7th May and co-hosted by the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) CECD Mira Sintra and the BEYOND project partners, the event will explore how all learners, regardless of their support needs, are able to achieve their full potential within an inclusive education system.

To register for the event, click here.

Our modern European societies are characterised by diversity: diversity of social background, of origin, of language, of potential. This diversity must be embraced and accommodated if we are to create more inclusive, cohesive and stable societies that can meet the needs of all their citizens. 

This need, to accept the diversity of Europe’s citizens, extends into Europe’s schools and the diverse range of learners’ support needs must be embraced to allow all students to flourish. The European Union has acknowledged the importance, and benefits of developing inclusive learning environments and its vision for its European Education Area, which is due to be achieved by 2025, is for everyone to have to access to a high-quality education. The recent Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2021-2030 and Child Guarantee have further cemented the realisation of inclusive education systems as a right for all children with disabilities.

The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent closure of schools across Europe has highlighted that more work is needed if learners with disabilities are to be able to enjoy a high-quality education.

With this in mind, the ‘To Inclusive Education and BEYOND’ conference will address the key challenges and opportunities that learners face in mainstream schools. Via a number of panel and workshop sessions the conference will delve into topics including staff training needs, the role of support service providers in supporting inclusive education, digitalisation, inclusive sports, micro-credentials and lifelong learning.

Bringing together all stakeholders in the field of education, including service providers, learners with disabilities, parents and teachers, professionals in the field of education, and representatives of the European Union the conference will identify the key policy recommendations for the achievement of inclusive education. The conference will also share innovative practices to achieve this end goal.

The conference will be in English, with real time captioning in English and Portuguese and Spanish interpretation.

To view the whole programme click here.