Going the Distance to Teach in Maldives
Dr. Lindy Crawford recently traveled 10,000 miles to the Maldives to present a multi-day workshop on the meaningful inclusion of students with special needs in January 2016. The invitation developed last April when Crawford provided the keynote presentation at a special education conference in Dubai. There she met special education leaders from Asia and the Middle East, including Ifham Hussein, director of the Maldives Autism Association. “Hussein works tirelessly to educate teachers in her small nation about the benefits of inclusive education,” said Crawford. “Only recently have these countries begun to include students with special needs with typically performing students in public school classrooms, and her invitation to present at this international workshop was an honor for me.” In the workshop, Creating Inclusive Learning Environments: Meeting the Needs of All Students, Crawford addressed ways for educators to create a positive classroom environment so all students can learn; design of instruction so students do learn; and design of assessments to measure student learning.
In April, 2015, Dr. Lindy Crawford was invited to provide a keynote presentation at the Princess Haya Award for Special Education (PHASE) conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The title of her presentation was, “Assessing Students with Special Needs: Ensuring Meaningful Results.” Approximately 200 teachers and administrators from across the UAE and surrounding countries attended. Following the conference, Dr. Crawford attended the PHASE Gala hosted by Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. At the PHASE Gala teachers, families, and community organizations were recognized for their commitment to bettering the lives of individuals with special needs in the UAE and beyond. Dr. Crawford concluded her trip by visiting local schools for students with special needs.
University of Hanoi visits COE
In September, 2013, ANSERS hosted special education faculty from the University of Hanoi from Hanoi, Vietnam. The day consisted of learning and discussion around the special education related topics. Graduate students facilitated a mini-workshop on various disabilities including learning disabilities, cognitive impairments, attention issues, vision impairments, communicative disorders, and fine motor impairments. Participants engaged in simulated activities that put them in the shoes of a student with a one or more of the disabilities. Students facilitated discussions about what it would be like to have this disability without receiving accommodations and provided appropriate accommodations for each disability. Additionally, the guests took a tour of campus and engaged in conversation with special education faculty about differences in special education and teacher preparation between the United States and Vietnam.
Gerald Oriol Jr. Reception
In September, 2013, ANSERS hosted a reception honoring Haiti’s Secretary of State, Gerald Oriol, Jr. Gerald Oriol, Jr. was appointed Haiti’s Secretary of State for the Integration of Persons with Disabilities by President Michel Martelly in October of 2011. He oversees a staff of approximately 50 personnel working from five offices throughout the country, providing services to an estimated one million persons with disabilities. In his post as Secretary, Oriol has collaborated directly with organizations such as USAID, the World Bank, the United Nations, and the Organization of American States. He has represented Haiti at disability conferences in Qatar, Ecuador and the United States.