Global Conference on Inclusive Education


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Wednesday, October 21, 2009- Friday, October 23, 2009
Location: Salamanca, Spain

The Conference is organised by Inclusion International, Inclusion Europe & INICO (Universidad de Salamanca). Sponsored by FUNDACION ONCE, United Nation Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, Spanish Ministry of Education, and Spanish Confederation of Organisations in favour of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (FEAPS).

Fifteen Years have passed since The Salamanca Statement (1994-2009)and Framework for Action on Special Needs Education was adopted by the World Conference on Special Needs Education: Access and quality, (Salamanca, Spain, 10 June 1994). As the Convention on the Rights of Person's with Disabilities comes into effect, it is time to assess the progress made and set the agenda for renewed action in the years ahead.

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Inclusion International is developing a Global Report on the status of children with disabilities in education to be released on the 15th anniversary of The Salamanca Statement. The Report will identify the sources of discrimination faced by children with intellectual disabilities in education and make recommendations to governments and policy makers about how to address these issues. By reviewing both the international commitments made to inclusion and the knowledge that families have about what works, what doesn't and why, this initiative will attempts to link local voices (and knowledge) to global processes for achieving Education for All.

In each of the five regions of Inclusion International: Europe; The Middle East North Africa; Africa; The Americas and Asia Pacific a participatory research process is being implemented. A number of different sources and tools are being used to collect information about the current status of inclusive education.