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Division of International Special Education and Services

The Division of International Special Education and Services (DISES), a division of the Council for Exceptional Children, promotes knowledge exchange, collaboration, human rights and advocacy to those who provide services for individuals with disabilities. DISES promotes international communication, cooperation, and progress in education and services for children who have disabilities and/or gifts and talents. DISES serves as a catalyst for the international exchange of special education practice, promotes international research, and sponsors forums for professional development, and establishes networks that foster international association. You can visit the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) website here.

Mission Statement

The Division of International Special Education and Services (DISES), a division of the Council for Exceptional Children, promotes knowledge exchange, collaboration, human rights and advocacy to those who provide services for individuals with disabilities.

DISES Objectives

● Improve understanding of the conditions facing individuals with exceptional education needs and the professionals, parents, and others who provide education and services for them throughout the world.
● Serve as a catalyst for the international exchange of information on practice, research, technology and issues related to education and services for individuals with exceptional education needs.
● Promote international research and cross-cultural studies that advance education and services for individuals with exceptional education needs.
● Sponsor forums for professional development and discussion among those who are involved in providing education and services for individuals with exceptional needs.
● Engage in international projects and partnerships that join people from various societies and cultures in working toward common goals.
● Establish networks that foster collegiality and international association, recognize achievement and leadership, and foster broad understandings of the international experience in education and services for individuals with exceptional needs.
● Disseminate information in support of the Division’s purposes.



Announcements

President's Message
Dear DISES members and guests:

I am honored to have been afforded the privilege of serving as the President of DISES for July 2019 to June 2020 term. I wanted to take the opportunity to welcome you, provide a few updates on CEC-DISES and introduce you to the DISES board.

● Jamaica conference: We had a very successful conference in Jamaica. We had about 200 participants and over 10 countries represented. DISES helped advocate for special education funding and resources in the region.
● State of the Profession Study
● Member Spotlight
● DISES Conference 2020 - Dubai - Please be on a look out for more details
● DISES Board:
○ Dr. Alice Farling - Executive Director
○ Dr. Mary Kealy - Vice President
○ Dr. Clara Hauth - President Elect
○ Dr. Ritu Chopra - Treasurer
○ Dr. Nicole Dicloutte - Secretary
○ Dr. Lauren Katzman - Membership Chair
○ Dr. Emily Collins - Communication Officer
○ Dr. Hannah Ehrli - Member at large
○ Dr. Rebekka Jez - Member at large
○ Dr. James Chapple - Member at large
○ Dr. Robai Werunga - Member at large
○ Elizabeth Colquitt - Student member

We want to hear from you so please reach out to us via email or social media!

Best,
Dr. Jugnu Agrawal