January 18, 2018

International Conference on Special Education: “Access and Engagement”

International Conference on Special Education: ‘Access and Engagement’

31st July – 2nd August 2017

Borneo Convention Centre Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia 


Providing access and engagement for children with Special Educational Needs must be given priority and emphasis by addressing opportunities and barriers such as diverse learners’ needs, designing and implementing accommodative curriculum suited to the needs of children and responsive curriculum strategies in teaching and learning.

The SEAMEO 7 Priority Areas; 1) Early Childhood Care and Education, 2) Addressing Barriers to Inclusion, 3) Resiliency in the Face of Emergencies, 4) Promoting Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), 5) Revitalising Teacher Education, 6)  Promoting Harmonisation and Higher Education and Research and 7) Adopting the 21st Century Curriculum form the basis for this conference.

These areas necessitate the urgent needs to provide and engage children with special educational needs in educational settings that are meaningful and inclusive. The role of governments, stakeholders, policy makers, non-governmental organisations, educators, parental, and communities must be highlighted and accounted to ensure that children with special educational needs are given appropriate support services and thus engaging them in educational settings.

The conference is an opportune for discussion, knowledge sharing and experts input on best practices for the speakers and participants to enhance their knowledge, skills and understanding the current issues and trends in Special Education. Quality education and support services would ensure children with special educational needs engage in educational settings that stimulate their holistic growth and give them the necessary skills to live independently and contribute to the betterment their lives.



– Inclusive Education
– Networking in Special Education
– Building and Sustaining Inclusive Society
– Deafblind Education
– Technical and Vocational Education Training for Children with SEN
– Legislative and Policy Related to Special Educational Provision and Implementation
– Learning Difficulties / Hearing Impairment / Vision Impairment / Gifted and Talented
– Legal Issues (Legislative and Policy)
– Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for SEN
– Early Childhood Care Education (ECCE)
– Mobile Accessibility
– Web Authoring Guidelines and Tools
– Educational Multimedia for Special Educational Needs
– Teacher Training and Capacity Building
– Innovation in Special Education
– 21st Century Curriculum for Special Education
– Disaster Risk Reduction Education for Children with SEN
– Sexuality Education for SEN
– Sports and Co-curricular Activities for SEN
– Nutrition and Food for Children with SEN
– Cultural and Arts Appreciation for Children with SEN
– ICT and Assistive Technology for Children with SEN


Key Organizers:

Ministry of Education, Malaysia
SEAMEO Regional Centre for Special Education (SEAMEO SEN)



Sarawak State
Sarawak Convention Bureau
Ministry of Education and Culture, Indonesia
International Council for the Education for Visual Impairment (ICEVI)
Institut Pendidikan Guru Malaysia (IPGM)
Malaysian Foundation for The Blind (MFB)

For additional information of this conference, your concerned staff can contact Mr Mohd Zulkarnain Abdul Wahab (email: zulkarnain@seameosen.org).  

Website: http://www.seameosen.org/icse2017