Inclusive Education Initiative Newsletter #19

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Transforming Education for Children with Disabilities
May 2022 | Issue #19

Dear Members,

We hope you are doing well and building off the momentum that came with the Global Disability Summit in February. The Conference of State Parties (COSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is coming up quickly and right behind the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) as well as the Transforming Education Summit. There are many ways we can be working towards making inclusive education a reality for more learners with disabilities around the globe.
As a Community of Practice, we are just shy of 3,000 members now and excited that you are a part of this group. Please keep sharing resources and engaging in discussions as this community wouldn't exist without you. We are so grateful for our continued collaboration in achieving the goal of ensuring all children have access to quality inclusive education.
Please reach out to us if you have a blog post or anything else you would like featured on the IEI website - we are happy to feature your work on disability-inclusive education. You can email us at or join our LinkedIn Group and post questions directly there.

All the best,
The Inclusive Education Initiative Team

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was adopted by the General Assembly by its resolution 61/106 of 13 December 2006. It came into force on 3 May 2008 upon the 20th ratification. Article 40 of the Convention stipulates that “The States Parties shall meet regularly in a Conference of States Parties in order to consider any matter with regard to the implementation of the present Convention.” Since 2008, 14 sessions of the Conference of States Parties have been held at United Nations Headquarters, New York. The 15th session will take place at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, from 14 to 16 June 2022.
This year’s overarching theme is “Building disability-inclusive and participatory societies in the COVID context and beyond.”
List of all side events:
World Bank Side Event
Disability Inclusion in World Bank Operations
Wednesday, June 15 8:15-9:30 am ET
IS and closed captioning
The World Bank Group (WB) revised its ten ambitious commitments to advance disability-inclusive development at this year’s Global Disability Summit. The Ten Commitments have also catalyzed WB’s broader policy commitments on disability inclusion through International Development Assistance (IDA) – a fund for low-income economies.
Drawing from the UNCRPD and aligning with its core principles, especially Articles 9, 11, and 27, World Bank has produced technical notes and knowledge products which provide guidance and support to country operations.

A few that are focused on education include the following:

Innovations in Inclusive Early Childhood Education
Beit Issie Shapiro
Mon Jun 13 2022, 10:00am - 11:15am
Article 24 of the CRPD defines the right of persons with disabilities to education and the obligation of States Parties to ensure an inclusive education system at all levels. Under Article 26, States Parties commit to providing comprehensive habilitation and rehabilitation services and programs, at the earliest possible stage. This panel will discuss innovative approaches and models to early childhood education that provide an appropriate response to both of these fundamental rights.
The Leadership of the New Generations: Voices of Children and Adolescents with Disabilities in educational environments
UN-SG Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility
Thu Jun 16 2022, 1:15pm - 2:30pm
The general objective is to promote awareness raising for the good treatment of girls, boys and adolescents with disabilities in educational environments, with emphasis on the prevention of violence and universal accessibility and promoting their effective participation. The specific objectives are:
1) Present the “good treatment campaign in schools, from children and adolescents with disabilities to their classmates”.
2) Deliver to the United Nations authorities and global society in general (symbolically) the declaration emanating from children and adolescents around the world, about inclusion and accessible quality education, free from violence.
3) Promote synergies between organizations of persons with disabilities, mandates, United Nations Agencies, among others, that work for the right to a life without violence and for universal accessibility.
Building Disability-Inclusive and Participatory Societies: Self advocacy, children´s protagonism, and inclusive education: advances and challenges in Latin America
Instituto Jô Clemente
Thu Jun 16 2022, 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Participation of persons with disabilities in private and public spaces is a challenge worldwide. The COVID-19 pandemic severely impacted how persons with disabilities – and particularly persons with intellectual or psychosocial disabilities, and autistic persons - enjoy such right. Schools are the entrance door into society, the first space of social participation. During the pandemic, more exclusion and segregation hindered the equal participation of children and young persons with disabilities on this spaces. Self-advocacy, inclusive education, language and communication are important tools for future young persons and adults with disabilities to be more willing and prepared to participate, contribute, and advocate for their rights. The event will share good practices on self-advocacy, explore communication and accessible language and discuss the impacts da pandemic in inclusive education in Latin America, to contribute to the implementation of the right to participation.
High Level Political Forum (HLPF)
The meeting of the High Level Political Forum in 2022 will be held from Tuesday, 5 July, to Thursday, 7 July, and from Monday, 11 July to Friday, 15 July 2022, under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council. This includes the three-day ministerial segment of the forum from Wednesday, 13 July, to Friday, 15 July 2022, as a part of the high-level segment of the Council, which will conclude with a final day on Monday, 18 July 2022.
The theme for the 2022 HLPF is “Building back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.
The HLPF in 2022 will review in-depth Sustainable Development Goals 4 on quality education, 5 on gender equality, 14 on life below water, 15 on life on land, and 17 on partnerships for the Goals. The forum will take into account the different and particular impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic across all Sustainable Development Goals and the integrated, indivisible and interlinked nature of the Goals.
Invitation letter from the President of ECOSOC for the 2022 High-level Segment of ECOSOC and High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) (6 April 2022)

Draft programme for the 2022 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
Secretariat’s concept note for the 2022 HLPF
28-30 June
Objective: The overall objective is to harness the evolving discussions on transforming education, elaborate initial content for the Summit, and generate greater momentum in the lead up to September.
Outcome: The main outcome will be greater momentum in advance of the September Summit and a shared understanding as to the key elements of transforming education to inform the Secretary-General's Summit Summary and Call to Action.
Summit at UN in New York City, USA
19 September (TBC)
Objective: The Summit seeks to mobilize political ambition, action, solutions and solidarity to transform education: to take stock of efforts to recover pandemic-related learning losses; to reimagine education systems for the world of today and tomorrow; and to revitalize national and global efforts to achieve
FHI360's Gender Plus Summit " Power and Partnerships: Centering Equity in Global Development and Humanitarian Programs"
June 6-8, 2022
FHI360's Gender Plus Summit " Power and Partnerships: Centering Equity in Global Development and Humanitarian Programs" is an inclusive thought leadership event that brings together diverse development and humanitarian stakeholders from around the world to collectively learn about key gender and social inclusion challenges and opportunities. Summit principles include prioritizing localization so that the experiences, evidence and voices of historically excluded people living in the Global South are front and center; aligning with diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility strategies; ensuring people with different kinds of disabilities have the reasonable accommodations they need to fully participate and lead; spotlighting the voices and experiences of people with different gender identities and sexual orientations; taking equitable approaches to address harmful and unfair power dynamics; and using a strengths-based approach to identify tangible solutions and available resources.
Global Center for Innovation and Learning (GCFIL)
Introductory Series on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Course 101: The Foundations of UDL
August 6-September 24, 2022, Saturdays 8-10 am ET
This 8-week course will cover the foundation necessary to effectively learn about and apply UDL. The foundations will include areas including: goal writing and lesson design, scaffolding, the impact of emotion on learning, and recognizing student need. Each session will enquire about participants’ background knowledge and will add to that knowledge. Participants will be asked to share current examples of classroom strategies and materials to ensure the examples and learning resources suggested enhance participant understanding. Most importantly, this course will be designed using UDL which will not be a lecture-only course. Time will be provided for student input and discussion. In addition, a variety of opportunities for participation will be provided. Participants will be required to complete assignments between some classes and be asked to share their work using a comfortable medium (speaking to the group, sharing written work, etc.).

Pre-announcement: international networks for disability-inclusive global development

Opening Date: 13 June 2022
Closing Date: 22 September 2022 16:00 UK time

Apply for funding to explore the impact of arts and humanities research on disability-inclusive sustainable global development. This is a highlight notice for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Research Networking scheme (Arts and Humanities Perspectives and Shared Learning: Disability Inclusive Sustainable Global Development). The principal investigator must be based at a UK research organisation eligible for AHRC funding. You will need to establish international research networks.
The full economic cost of your project can be up to £100,000. AHRC will fund:

80% of the full economic cost for UK researchers
100% of the full economic cost for some international costs.
School Guide to Supporting Marginalized Caregivers of Children with Disabilities
Inclusion is most effective when schools create a culture that celebrates diversity and builds on the strengths of each student. Family engagement may look different from school to school, and it is important for schools to support families in a variety of ways, not just relying on one method. This guide aims to help schools to (1) identify specific needs faced by marginalized families of children with disabilities; (2) identify challenges they face to meeting these needs and (3) identify solutions in the form of resources that address these challenges. It is part of a set of resources to support the marginalized caregivers of children with disabilities with inclusive education.
The World Bank
Collecting Data on Disability Inclusion
The Collecting Data on Disability Inclusion course provides an understanding of, who persons with disabilities are, measuring different types of disabilities using international standards, collecting data for different demographics and for different parameters, and analyzing the data. 

For the recording of the launch of this course, as well as some additional resources, visit our event page.
Maximizing Student Success with Least Restrictive Environments and Appropriate Models of Inclusion
Edward Graham, National Education Association
12 May, 2022
When educators work to educate students with disabilities alongside their non-disabled peers, while also meeting their unique needs and circumstances, they can effectively move beyond the confines of a one-size-fits-all classroom model.
SDG4 and Persons with Disabilities: Ensuring Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education for all Persons with Disabilities
Disability Inclusion Matters
3 May, 2022
Closing the gap: A visual journey of disability inclusion
Amy Van Drunen, World Vision
25 April, 2022
As World Vision looks ahead, they reflect on stories of hardship and triumph, big wins and small that have been made possible through their disability inclusion models.
How schools in Nepal are including children with disabilities
Inclusive Futures
April 2022
As Inclusive Futures moves from testing innovations to delivering development programmes at scale, our inclusive education programme in Nepal is helping children with disabilities return to school.
A gap in disability research: ‘Preparedness’ of teachers with disabilities amid Covid-19-inspired online learning
Michael Agyemang Adarkwah and Samuel Amponsah, British Educational Research Association
8 April, 2022
Inclusive education: towards the inclusion of all learners
Humanity & Inclusion
Short video created by Humanity & Inclusion on the importance of inclusive education.
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