The 2nd International Conference on Special Education 2017 (ICSE 2017) was held from 31st July to 2nd August 2017 at the Borneo Convention Center in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. The conference provided a unique opportunity for government, academic institutions and non-profit organizations in the area of Disability-Inclusive Education to discuss and exchange ideas. Participants included educators, researchers, postgraduate students, policy makers, stakeholders and communities from SEAMEO member countries as well as internationally. The conference sessions were in the forms of lectures, presentations and exhibitions focusing on Disability-Inclusive Education. Highlights included field-expert keynote speeches, plenary sessions, roundtable discussions and resolutions on important current issues in this region. This second conference featured the theme “Access and Engagement in Special Education” and was supported by 17 sub-themes reflecting SEAMEO SEN’s initiative to provide trending and current practices in Special Education within the regional contexts.
The conference discussed issues and current agenda which were the philosophical tenets of Special Education. In addition to the keynote and plenary sessions, eight (8) workshops were conducted specifically to enable in-depth discussions among the participants. A total of 101 full papers were accepted by the reviewing committee and were published in this proceeding. The conference successfully recorded 820 attendees which included presenters, participants and 20 exhibitors from over 31 countries.
The organizer was extremely honoured to have H.E. Datuk Amar Abang Haji Abd. Rahman Zohari bin Tun Abang Hj. Openg, the Chief Minister of Sarawak officiating the opening ceremony and the Minister of Education of Malaysia, H.E. Dato’ Seri Mahdzir bin Khalid for closing ceremony.