1.0ICSE Background

The International Conference on Special Education (ICSE) is one of the main agenda that SEAMEO SEN is committed to organize biennially. The success of the 1st ICSE 2015 (Thailand), 2nd ICSE 2017 (Malaysia) and 3rd ICSE 2019 (Indonesia) has impacted significantly on the role of SEAMEO SEN as the regional centre for training and research for Special Education. The success of the first, second and third ICSE was the evidence of strong commitment between SEAMEO SEN with Ministry of Education Malaysia, Ministry of Education Thailand and Ministry of Education and Culture Indonesia as well as the ministries of education of SEAMEO Member Countries. This continuing support and demand have led the centre to pursue the 4th Virtual ICSE.

The main purpose of ICSE is to establish an opportunity to all educators, organizations and stake holders to develop and enhance their capacities to provide accommodative learning environment. This will foster the development of specialized resources from the coordination of specialized contributions by the participants. The conference will serve as a platform for exchange of best practices, networking and specialization which consist of the wide spectrum of skills and knowledge that are needed to educate and care for children with special needs.

The main focus of ICSE is to develop competencies among educators of children with disabilities which is in line with the focus of Global Education Agenda 2030, Sustainable Development Goals No. 4 (SDG4) and SEAMEO 7 Priority Areas especially on Inclusion. The conference is expected to not only develop the knowledge and skills of the attendees, it also offers an opportunity for understanding and developing the methods, the philosophical tenets that are the hall mark of professionalism in Special Education. The main outcome is the capacity enhancement of participants and those involved in Special Education to deliver optimal educational services to children with disabilities in all aspects.

2.04th Virtual ICSE 2021

Around the world, some children are excluded from schools where they belong because of disability, race, language, religion, gender, and poverty. According to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), students with special educational needs have the rights to receive necessary curricular adaptations. Every child has the ability to learn, but the way children learn and how much knowledge they can absorb vary considerably, especially children with special educational needs. Yet, as a society we owe all children a chance to reach their potentials, thus it is important to create the best possible learning environment for that to happen. That is why it was suggested that mainstreaming special educational needs children into regular classrooms is a preferable practice rather than assigning them exclusively to special education classes. When all children, regardless of their differences are educated together, everyone would benefit. This is the undoubtedly the cornerstone of inclusive education.

Inclusive education has been the agenda of many countries around the world. The conference envisions to be the platform in pursuing and achieving these agenda.

Within this contention, the 4th Virtual ICSE 2021 Conference would provide the opportunity, space and a spectrum of perspectives for educators and those involved in inclusive and Special Education. Current development and research-based practices and models in teaching and learning as well as best practices are expected to be discussed and disseminated in this conference.

3.0Conference Objectives

  1. Enhance the knowledge and skills of participants to deliver effective educational services and support services to children with special educational needs.
  2. Provide the platform and opportunities for exchange of best practices in teaching and learning of children with special educational needs.
  3. Provide information on recent trends in Special Education through exchange of best practices and current approaches that are tangible and responsive to the 21st century challenges and needs.
  4. Establish networking and smart collaboration among Ministries, related agencies and educators in Special Education at national, regional and international levels.
  5. Increase awareness and acceptance of individual with disabilities in the society and accommodate their needs in the community in terms of access, engagement and equity.

4.0Theme and Subtheme



  1. Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) for Students and Youths with Special Educational Needs
  2. Learning and Innovation for Students with Special Educational Needs
  3. Early Intervention
  4. Inclusive Education
  5. Health, Social Emotional Enhancement and Development for Special Needs
  6. Transition from School to Employment
  7. Multiple Disabilities Education
  8. Networking in Special Education
  9. Policy on Disabilities
  10. Building and Sustaining Inclusive Society
  11. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for Special Educational Needs
  12. Teacher Training and Capacity Building
  13. Disability-Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DiDRR)
  14. Cultural and Arts Appreciation for Children with Special Educational Needs
  15. Artificial Intelligence for Children with Special Educational Needs
  16. Empowering Families and Communities for Children with Special Educational Needs


Pre-Conference Event: 17 Sept to 24 Sept 2021

Live Virtual Conference: 25 Sept to 26 Sept 2021



Minister of Education, Malaysia


Dr. Hajah Hanani Harun Rasit

(Director SEAMEO SEN)


Dr. Mohd Azlis Sani Md Jalil

(Deputy Director SEAMEO SEN)


Mr. Mohd Zulkarnain Abdul Wahab

(Head, Research and Innovation Division)


Mr. Mohd Anis Abdul Razak

(Programme Associate)

Ms. Fezny Othman

(Media Officer)

Mr. Amiruddin Abu Samah

(Assistant Officer, Management)


Datin Era Zaffura Md. Sin

(Head, Management Division)

Ms. Noor Addlina Oshman

(Assistant Officer, Finance)


Mr. Ahmad Heikhal Amir Hamzah

(Unit Manager)


Mdm. Monishah Md. Shah

(Head, Training and Consultation Division)

Ms. Suhaila Mohamad

(Programme Associate)

Mr. Mohamad Shabilullah Abd Hamid

(Information and Communication Technology Officer)

Ms. Mizanina Mohamad Madon

(Programme Officer)