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Special Educational Needs Summit

A platform for educational practitioners to discuss the most prevalent issues in special education and accrue professional development points for attending.

15 – 16 May 2017 | Swissotel Sydney

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K-12 & Govt Rates available - See pricing section below


Earn CPD points by attending this event

After the success of STEM 2016 and EBT 2016, we’re pleased to announce the newest edition to the Informa education series, the Special Educational Needs Summit 2017.

The summit will hear from key international perspectives, address learning difficulties and the education of gifted & talented.

Special Education is a vital part of all teaching & learning and has an effect on both the practice of educators and the learning of students/pupils.

The difficulty for practitioners lies in the wide ranging nature of factors that can give children difficulty in connecting and retaining with their education. ASD, behavioural disorders and disability can all make school a difficult time for pupils and only through teacher preparation and continual professional development can children with learning difficulties experience an education that is truly specialised to their strengths and weaknesses.

Similarly, pupils deemed to be gifted & talented also need teachers, educators and schools that are able to identify pathways to ensure they fulfil a heightened potential.

This summit will allow a platform for educational practitioners to both learn and discuss the most prevalent issues in special education, as well as accrue professional development points for attending.


Dr Michelle Eady

Senior Lecturer, University of Wollongong

Fiona Forbes

National President, Australian Special Education Principals Association, WA

Dr Amanda Webster

Senior Lecturer, University of Wollongong

Sheldon Boland

Deputy Principal, Tewantin State School

Judith Foggett

Senior Lecturer - Education, University of Newcastle

Ron Canuel

CEO, Canadian Education Association, Canada

Cheryl Mangan

Research Manger, Autism CRC

Daniel Lynch

Principal, The Joseph Varga School

Dr Christine Grima-Farrell

President, NSW Institute for Educational Research, Lecturer in Special Education, University of NSW

Jill Duncan

Conjoint Associate Professor School of Education, University of Newcastle

Prof Umesh Sharma

Associate Professor, Monash University

Associate Professor Terry Cumming

Special Education, UNSW

Cathryn Grant

Senior Access Consultant, Architecture & Access

Prof. Jim Watters

Associate Professor, Australian Catholic University

Carmela May

Deputy Principal, St Ives North Public School

Dr Katrina Eddles-Hirsch

Senior Lecturer, Notre Dame University, Australia

Christine Ireland

President, AAEGT

Melinda Gindy

President, Gifted Families Support Group

Dr Cathie Harrison

Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education

Dr Dan White

Executive Director, Sydney Catholic Schools

Dr Louise Porter

Child Psychologist, Small Poppies International

Mohan Dhall

CEO, Australian Tutoring Association

Dr Susen Smith

Senior Lecturer in Gifted & Special Education, GERRIC

Dr Shelley Davidow

Author & Educator, Steiner Education Australia and Lecturer, University of Sunshine Coast

Dean Taylor

State President, MENSA (NSW)

Dr Julie Cooke

Program Director, Australian Biology Olympiad

when & where

15 - 16 May 2017

Swissotel Sydney
68 Market St, Sydney NSW 2000
02 9238 8888

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Alex Cook
Sponsorship Manager
+61 (02) 9080 4425

Christopher Platt
Conference Producer
+61 (02) 9080 4037

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