Inclusive Education Initiative Newsletter #20

Resource Type


This image shows the Inclusive Education Initiative Logo
Transforming Education for Children with Disabilities
August 2022 | Issue #20

Dear IEI Members,

We hope you are doing well. This time of the year we see many people taking a much-deserved break, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot still going on! We hope you are doing well. This time of the year we see many people taking a much-deserved break, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot still going on! COSP and HLPF recently took place and we have some information on upcoming events you might find interesting, including the Transforming Education Summit on 19th September!
As a Community of Practice, we have over 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

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 cover different 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 students 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.).
Workshop on Collecting, Analyzing, and Using Data on Children with Disabilities:
A Virtual Training Workshop

November  7 to 17, 2022 (9:00 pm EST - focused on colleagues in Asia)
Register by October 1
UNICEF is organizing a workshop on collecting, analyzing, and using data on children with disabilities. The workshop is intended primarily for representatives of National Statistical Offices, Organizations of Persons with Disabilities and others working on data collection, analysis and dissemination.
Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in International Sign, Arabic, French and Spanish as needed. Additional languages may be added depending on the number of participant requests. Please note that all written materials will be in English only.
Comparative and International Education Society (CIES)
CIES Annual Conference: Improving Education for a More Equitable World
14-22 February 2023 (14-15 Feb online; 18-22 onsite in Washington, DC)

Proposal Submissions are due 8 August 2022
Established in 1956, CIES is the largest and oldest comparative and international education society in the world. It attracts a diverse audience in working towards its mission "to contribute to an understanding of education through encouragement and promotion of comparative education and related areas of inquiry and activity.” Its more than 3,300 individual members — researchers, analysts, practitioners, and students — represent over 1,000 universities, research institutes, government departments, non-governmental organizations, and multilateral agencies across the globe.
Global Action on Disability (GLAD)
Count me in! Evidence and Participation to Shape Inclusive Education Policies
Tuesday, 5 July 2022
Global discussions about accelerating progress towards SDG 4 are needed. Key topics of data disaggregation and of intersectionality connect with SDGs 5 and 17. Lack of reliable, disaggregated data, about out of school children and youth or attending inclusive schools inhibits progress towards Agenda 2030. Many countries underestimate the number of children with disabilities leading to their invisibility in policies resulting in limited responses to fulfilling their rights, including education.  Experiences and knowledge about ensuring quality, equity and inclusion much needed. Policymakers need to develop comprehensive inclusive education systems that respond to the intersecting and multiple discriminating factors experienced by different individuals and groups and avoid segregation.

Good policies require informed, robust disaggregated data and research. Meaningful participation with relevant stakeholders including organisations of persons with disabilities (OPDs), parent’s organisations, teachers etc. are crucial throughout this process.  There are increasing examples of EMIS collecting data on disability with many countries committed to using the Washington Group Questions.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted educational inequities in education. Efforts made now to produce quality evidence can ensure that education systems are better equipped to face future educational crises. 
Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE)
Supporting young children with disabilities in humanitarian settings
Tuesday, 28 June 2022

The rapid growth that occurs in the first years of life provides an opportunity to influence and improve developmental outcomes that may impact the entire course of an individual's life. Addressing the developmental needs of children with disabilities during this critical period is essential if they are to survive, flourish, learn, and be empowered.

Recognizing the importance of addressing all children's unique needs and acknowledging the influence of social stigma and misconceptions about disability that may lead to underdeveloped potential and social exclusion, we seek to advocate for and support the inclusion of young children with disabilities in Early Childhood Development in Emergencies programming.
Able Child Africa
Value for Money: Why Investing in Children with Disabilities is Worth Every Penny

This publication outlines how and why investing in children with disabilities is not only a moral and professional imperative, but it also makes economic sense. Evidence presented in this paper demonstrates that for donors, governments and INGOs to spend Official Development Assistance (ODA) budgets efficiently and effectively, children with disabilities must be considered. The various ways in which the inclusion of children generates economic growth means investing in children with disabilities is worth every penny. Investing in children with disabilities is investing in the next generation!
World Health Organization
Global Report on Assistive Technology (GReAT)
The Global Report on Assistive Technology (GReAT) was developed in response to the World Health Assembly resolution WHA71.8 on improving access to assistive technology adopted in May 2018. Guided by an Expert Advisory Group, the WHO and UNICEF have jointly developed this report collaborating with global assistive technology stakeholders. It presents a comprehensive dataset and analysis of the access to assistive technology, drawing the attention of governments and civil society to the need for, and benefit of, assistive technology, including its return on investment. The Report sets out ten recommendations for improving access to assistive technology, which will in turn support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, inclusive Universal Health Coverage, and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Inclusive Education Policy Academy (IEPA)
World Bank
Implemented by the Inclusive Education Thematic Group of the Education Global Practice of the World Bank - is a capacity building course that packages the latest cutting-edge knowledge on inclusive education to support World Bank staff and partner countries in designing, implementing, and monitoring inclusive education policies and programs. Participants from Rwanda were part of the first cohort of Inclusive Education Policy Academy organized between November 2021- March 2022 and which explored themes such as administrative data systems for inclusive education, identification and referral of learners with disabilities, pre-service teacher education and in-service teacher professional development, the design of inclusive curriculum and teaching and learning materials, and school management and leadership to support disability inclusion in education. The next cohorts of Inclusive Education Policy Academy are planned to allow opportunities for multi-country participation and strengthening regional collaboration.

What is the point of all this heroism?
Josh Barkey, SIL Lead
3 May 2022
Testing a wide range of technologies to address the reading needs of marginalized children
All Children Reading
11 May 2022
10 Ways Educational Technology Can Reach the Most Marginalised Learners
ICT Works
26 May 2022
Inclusive Education in Nigeria (podcast)
Ijeoma Popoola and Basirat Razaq-Shuaib
12 June 2022
Shifting perspectives on using communication devices as learning tools can increase access to education and support learning in low resource contexts
All Children Reading
20 June 2022
Deaf education in the developing world: what needs to change post-pandemic?
Deaf Child Worldwide
22 June 2022
The World Bank's Disability Inclusion team in Washington, DC is hiring a short-term consultant. If you have any questions or would like to see the terms of reference (TOR), send an email to
We want to hear from you!

Please share your disability-inclusive education activities, success stories, upcoming events, and other exciting resources. Please connect to our website: or send to 

New to IEI? Read our past newsletters and subscribe.
Join Us!

This email was sent to *|EMAIL|*
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences



Back to Top

Stay updated with the latest information

Sign-up for our newsletter and get updates sent directly to your inbox.