How can we help learners with the ‘hidden disability’? Seminar searches for answers

How can we help learners with the ‘hidden disability’? Seminar searches for answers

The ‘hidden disability’ – learning disability (LD) – could be one of the most common and often neglected forms of childhood disabilities. It is ‘hidden’ because children with LD may not be easily identified, as opposed to those with physical disabilities. However, information and data about children with LD and its impact on learning outcomes are presently limited, with many countries in the Asia-Pacific region facing challenges in responding to their needs.

Ensuring inclusion and equity for all, including children with disabilities, is central to the Education 2030 Agenda and a fundamental priority for UNESCO. How can we accommodate such learners in the classroom with appropriate teaching and learning processes? How can we provide fair evaluation through tests to those who is in need?

To shed light on this subject, UNESCO Bangkok in its capacity as the Secretariat for Network on Education Quality Monitoring in the Asia-Pacific (NEQMAP), and in partnership with the International Association for Educational Assessment (IAEA), is organizing a special seminar on ‘Learning Disabilities and Test Accommodations’ from 3.30pm to 5pm on Thursday, 21 February 2019 at the UNESCO Bangkok Office.

Mr Nyi Nyi Thaung from UNESCO Bangkok and Dr Randy Bennett from IAEA will open the seminar, with Dr Anat Ben-Simon from IAEA exploring different types of learning disabilities, their impacts on learning, provision of test accommodations for children with LD as well as relevant innovative practices. At the end of her presentation, the floor will be open to the audience for further discussion.

IAEA is an associate member of NEQMAP and aims to foster communication and collaboration among agencies involved in assessments. The Association assists educational agencies in the development and application of assessment techniques to improve the quality of information, while playing an active role in UNESCO activities related to assessment and evaluation issues. This is the second special seminar UNESCO Bangkok and IAEA will jointly organize, made possible with the generous support of the Global Partnership for Education.

The seminar will be held in the fifth-floor conference room at the UNESCO Bangkok Office and livestreamed via Skype for Business as a webinar for offsite audiences.
Registration for the seminar is open here.