Special Needs

The latest news, resources and ideas on including children with special needs in early childhood education, from the Working Group on Including Children with Special Needs.

Working Group

Anne Subashini Sivanathan, Malaysia
Bob Siegel, United States
Deepak Raj Sapkota, Nepal
Donna Freeman, , Canada
Jena Jauchius, United States
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



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

Join our live online World Forum conversation as we share experiences, on-the-ground realities, perspectives, and strategies on supporting children with disabilities to fully participate in their schools, families, and communities. The discussion will focus our attention particularly on how children with special needs and their families are coping during the current pandemic and what they will need in the future. Brief presentations by leaders of the World Forum Foundation Working Group on Inclusion will guide our live discussion. We look forward to you joining the conversation!

Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 10:00 AM in New York (Eastern Daylight Time)

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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.”