Special Needs

Resources on inclusion in early childhood education, from the Working Group on Including Children with Special Needs.

Working Group

Anne Subashini Sivanathan, Malaysia
Carolyn Blackburn, United Kingdom
Cecelia Scott-Croff, United States
Deepak Raj Sapkota, Nepal
Donna Freeman, Canada
Jena Jauchius, United States
Kathryn Underwood, Canada
Loren Weybright, United States

Patience Awopegba, Samoa
Rhoda Odigboh, Nigeria
Roberta Goldberg, United States
Sonila Dubare, Albania
Valentina Solarin, Nigeria
Vikate Phannalath, Laos

Liaison:  Kirsten Haugen, United States

Emeritus:  Bob Siegel, United States



Addressing the myriad issues facing children with special needs and their families, and advocating for their full inclusion.

Live in the Café: Supporting Children with Special Needs and Their Families: Learning From and Through the Pandemic


Field Report: Cost Effectiveness in Serving Children with Disabilities in Nepal

Deepak Raj Sapkota of Nepal shares the following video documentary by the Karuna Foundation on developing an effective Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) model in Nepal.

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Design and Nature: Considerations from Including Children with Special Needs

The Working Group on Inclusion explores the four key concepts of the Working Forum on Design and Nature through the lens of inclusion, with the goal being not only access but full participation!

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Universal Baby: The Neuroscience of Early Care for Vulnerable Children

Universal Baby is “a public health intervention to share current neuroscience about how caregivers living in high-adversity environments—both domestically and abroad—can protect and nurture their children’s brain development during the first two years of life.”