7th Annual International Conference and Symposium on Inclusive Education


The Center for Youth Engagement at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in collaboration with the University of Wuppertal, invites special educators and educational researchers to submit proposals to the 7th Annual International Conference and Symposium on Inclusive Education. The conference will take place July 11 - 13, 2019, at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

This event will bring together researchers from Germany, Turkey, Canada, Malaysia, India, Saudi Arabia, the United States, and other nations to address inclusion research and research on associated social, academic, and behavioral issues of students with disabilities and students marginalized because of race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or other factors. The purpose of the conference is to share research on inclusion and to develop new international research collaborative efforts to advance outcomes for students with disabilities, diverse learners, and other marginalized populations.  A primary goal of the conference and symposium is to identify one or more research agendas and to support the planning and implementation over the next year. 

The event is a mixture of a conference and a symposium format. There will be several sessions with all participants. There will also be breakout sessions that run in a symposium format. We invite presenters for two types of presentation formats.

Program for 7th Annual Conference and Symposium on Inclusion (PDF)

Breakout Session Presentations 

Breakout sessions will take place on Friday, July 12. They will consist of two-hour long sessions comprised of groups of presenters each with 7-10 minutes to present. Presenters should provide a brief overview of their research, with a focus on method and findings. An hour will be dedicated to a facilitated discussion of the sessions. All participants are expected to participate in these active discussions.

Poster Session

The poster session will also occur on Friday, July 12. It will be held in the main meeting room. Posters should describe a research study, a theoretical framework, or a literature review in detail.

Proposal Procedure

Proposals should be submitted through the linked Google Doc:

Proposal Form

Proposals should include a title and an abstract of 150 words. Proposals will be reviewed as they arrive. Any questions can be sent to inclusive.ed.conference@gmail.com. Doctoral students are strongly encouraged to submit proposals to the conference and to participate in all proceedings.


Thursday, July 11      
5:30 p.m. Dinner
Friday, July 12  
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Morning Keynote Address
9:00 - 10:50 a.m. Session 1
10:50 - 11:10 a.m. Coffee
11:10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Session 2
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Poster Session and Lunch
2:00 - 3:50 p.m. Session 3
4:00 - 5:50 p.m. Session 4
6:30 p.m. Dinner
Saturday, July 13  
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Research Planning Meeting
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch and Farewell

Conference Venue

The International Conference and Symposium on Inclusive Education will be held at the College of Education on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus. Parking is available. Conference fees, snacks and coffee, and lunch on the 11, 12 and 13 will be supported by the Center for Youth Engagement. Dinner on Friday night will be held in Northampton. Please contact conference registration (inclusive.ed.conference@gmail.com) if you need information about nearby accommodations.