ECIA Inclusion Symposium

ECIA presents an Inclusion Symposium
Partners in practice 2017

Collaboration partnerships, exploring ways for improving referral pathways and inclusive practice in the context of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI)


Keynote Speakers:
John Nash is Department Chair and Associate Professor of Educational
Leadership Studies at the University of Kentucky and the founding director of
the Laboratory on Design Thinking in Education, or dLab. John is a specialist in
the application of human centered design in education. He teaches a range of
courses on design thinking, school technology leadership, and school reform.
His current research agenda focuses on the methods to design and prototype
innovations in education. He has held faculty positions at Iowa State University
and the University of Texas at El Paso.

Beth Rous is Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies,
College of Education, and Research and Policy Associate at Human
Development Institute, at University of Kentucky. She is a former special
education teacher at the preschool, elementary and middle school levels. Since
1990, she has secured over $97 million in federal and state grants/contracts to
support the design and large-scale implementation of early care and education
programs with a focus on children from vulnerable populations.
Beth Rous :How do we truly fulfil the promise of full access and participation of young children with disabilities in early childhood education and care services? In their keynote, Drs. Nash and Rous will discuss how design thinking can be used to engage children, families and professionals as co-creators of inclusive programs and services. An overview of design thinking will be presented, along with specific examples and tools that demonstrate how the challenges of inclusion can be addressed through a human centred approach.

Learn about:

  • Design thinking and how it can be used to co-create inclusive programs and services
  • Practical strategies to support inclusion
  • The importance of collaboration in improving referral pathways and inclusive practice
  • Examples of successful local collaborative initiatives.

Who should attend?

  • Early childhood intervention professionals
  • Inclusion support professionals
  • Early childhood education and care professionals
  • Health professionals
  • Community organisations
  • Academics
  • Policy makers.

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