This Summit hopes to set the cornerstone for building a thoughtful and proactive community for inclusive education. Given the broad scope of inclusive education that covers people with disabilities, indigenous people, Muslims and other marginalized communities, most of the topics and discussion at this February Summit will focus on people with disabilities. It is our end goal to build on this Summit as the beginning of a series of conferences, the greater essence of inclusive education – education for all.
Our international speaker is Dr. Tony Booth of the University of Cambridge and author of the celebrated book, Index to Inclusion, which has been translated to over 40 languages. He will lead us in rethinking in detail what he calls inclusive values which would enable us to both engage students, parents and the larger community and to connect us with other initiatives such as special education support programs, Madrasah and alternative learning systems.
Dr. Booth will be joined by Mr. David Hoff of the Massachusetts based Institute for Community Inclusion to discuss employment strategies for PWDs. We have extraordinary speakers sharing their overcoming-disability-to succeed success stories. Schools, both public and private, parents, and service providers have been invited to tell their best practices/perspectives on how inclusion works for their children.
The Summit is being co presented by The Teacher’s Gallery and SMX/SM Cares and is supported in planning by the Basic Education Sector Transformation (BEST), Unilab Project Inclusion, The Asia Foundation/Fully Abled Nation, Best Buddies, Save the Children, ATRIEV, Norfil Foundation, Center for Possibilities Foundation Inc., Leonard Cheshire Disability, CEU Inclusion Program, Reach International and UP College of Education.