JERUSALEM & BETHLEHEM, Israel & Palestine

DISES International Round Table | August 2-6, 2015
Jerusalem & Bethlehem 2015
Moving Toward Engagement for Inclusion in Challenging Contexts

The Round Table format is unique in that it is designed to promote conversation around a topic rather than simply a presentation of a paper as it typical for many conference venues. In this unique round table, we explored issues of access and policy for vulnerable children particularly in situation of conflict and sociopolitical unrest.

For the purpose of these conversations, vulnerable children and adolescents will include

  • those whose ability status is atypical (i.e., sensory impairments, behavioral disorders, intellectual and/or physical disabilities)
  • youth whose support system is compromised
  • those who have experienced trauma.

DISES invited participants to submit a proposal for discussion in one of these three areas.  The voices of all participants are valued in these discussion and important to our collective understanding of the pertinent issues facing educational professionals in areas of conflict and sociopolitical unrest.  Therefore participants not presenting papers were also welcomed to a seat at the table and encouraged to join the conversation.

Topic 1:  Sharing research, scholarship, and practices in international education for vulnerable children
DISES Goal – To foster the dissemination of knowledge in international special needs education to improve the well-being of vulnerable children

Topic 2:  Offering examples of international collaborations in the education for vulnerable children
DISES Goal – To foster and strengthen collaborative partnerships in international special needs education to improve the well-being of vulnerable children

Topic 3:  Discussing international policies and advocating for human rights for vulnerable children and their families
DISES Goal – To promote advocacy for human rights of all vulnerable children

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