The session will focus on strategies for sustaining family partnerships around the world. Culturally responsive practices and engagement are critical factors in creating strong family partnerships. Join us in discussions with our panelists from Jamaica, Bulgaria, India and the United Arab Emirates to learn about their perspectives on this important theme. Participants will have opportunities for interaction and facilitated discussion in breakout rooms as well as access to relevant resources shared by the presenters.
DISES presents our international panelists:
Stephanie Hamilton, Parent Advocate, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Mother to 3 girls, Stephanie Hamilton has been an active parent advocate in the community, championing inclusion in the UAE for the past 9 years.
Indumathi Rao, PhD, Regional Adviser, Community Based Rehabilitation Network, Bangalore University, India
Dr. Indumathi Rao has contributed widely and in-depth towards building a movement for inclusion of children, adults, and senior citizens with diverse needs across India and the South of Asia.
Keitha A.M Osborne, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Mico University College, Kingston, Jamaica
Dr. Keitha Osborne has over 30 years of experience in teaching at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels. She is passionate about research and is an advocate for children with special needs.
Iva Boneva, PhD, Executive Director, Association for Shared Learning ELA, Bulgaria
Dr. Iva Boneva is the founder and CEO of the Association for Shared Learning ELA (formerly the Centre for Inclusive Education), a Bulgarian NGO working to support all children receiving quality education. She is also a teaching fellow at Sofia University, Department of Education.