We are happy to introduce plenary speakers of the conference.


What Really Works in Inclusive Education in the Classroom

D MitchellDavid Mitchell, PhD
Adjunct Professor
College of Education
University of Canterbury
New Zealand

David Mitchell is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. He has over 200 publications, mainly in the fields of special and inclusive education. He has held visiting professorships in several countries and has presented lectures and workshops in 50 countries. His most recent consultancies with the New Zealand Ministry of Education include a review of the literature on wraparound models of services for students with severe behavioural and social difficulties and a review of educational adaptations for learners from low-socioeconomic families. In 2015 he reviewed international trends in the education of learners with special educational needs for the Victorian state government in Australia. His recent books are Contextualizing Inclusive Education (2005/2008) and What Really Works in Special and Inclusive Education, Second edition (2014), both published by Routledge. The latter has been or will be translated into six languages. As well, he co-edited a book, Crises, Conflict and Disability: Ensuring Equality, (2014). His most recent book is Diversities in education: Effective ways to reach all learners, published by Routledge, which will be translated into Dutch, Danish and Swedish. In January 2017 professor David Mitchell has been awarded a high honour by the New Zealand Government for his work in inclusive education.


Resilience in Developing Systems: Progress toward Integrated Science & Practice

Ann MastenAnn Masten, PhD
Regents Professor
Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development
Distinguished McKnight University Professor
Institute of Child Development
University of Minnesota, USA

Ann Masten, Ph.D., Regents Professor of Child Development at the University of Minnesota, studies resilience in human development. She directs the Project Competence research on risk and resilience, including studies of children and youth exposed to homelessness, war, natural disasters, migration, and other adversities. She is Past-President of the Society for Research in Child Development and in 2014 Dr. Masten received the Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contributions to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society from the American Psychological Association. She has authored more than 200 publications, including her recent book, Ordinary Magic: Resilience in Development, which provides an overview of her findings and other global research on resilience. Dr. Masten periodically offers a mass open online course (MOOC) on resilience in children on Coursera.


THE SCERTS MODEL: A Comprehensive Educational Approach for Children with ASD

B PrizantBarry M. Prizant, PhD, CCC-SLP
Adjunct Professor, Artists and Scientists as Partners
Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies
Brown University, USA
Director of Childhood Communication Services
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Dr. Barry Prizant has more than 40 years experience as a scholar, researcher and international consultant for individuals with autism. He is an Adjunct Professor, Brown University, and Director of Childhood Communication Services, a private practice. Formerly, he was an Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry in the Brown University School of Medicine. Barry is co-author of four books, including The SCERTS Model: A comprehensive educational approach for children with ASD (2006). He has published more than 130 articles and chapters, presented more than 700 seminars and keynote addresses internationally, for 20 years, he has co-facilitated an annual weekend retreat for parents of autistic children. He has received many awards including the 2014 Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2005 Princeton University-Eden Foundation Career Award in Autism, and the 2013 "Divine Neurotypical Award" of the Global and Regional Asperger's Syndrome Partnership. Barry's latest book, Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism, has received critical acclaim from renowned researchers, practitioners, parents and autistic people and will be translated into 10 languages by the end of 2017. In November 2016 professor Barry Prizant presented the Opening Keynote Address at the two day Harvard University Medical School conference on Autism Spectrum Disorders entitled "Autism: A Uniquely Human Experience".