October 2022 Inclusion & Wellbeing Forum Newsletter

October 2022 Inclusion & Wellbeing Forum Newsletter

October 2022 Inclusion & Wellbeing Forum Newsletter

Published on: 05 Oct 2022

Inclusion & Wellbeing Forum Newsletter

October 2022 - Latest Recording HERE

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World Teachers Day 5th October

World Teachers' Day is celebrated on 5 October every year in the whole world to commemorate the anniversary of the adoption of the ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers in 1966. No doubt this Recommendation sets benchmarks regarding the rights and responsibilities of teachers, education, recruitment, employment, etc. Teachers are the primary careers of our most vulnerable students and are integral to their inclusion and growth. With the support of teachers, students of determination blossom and grow and they should be celebrated the world over!


 The UAE drive Digital Transformation to be more inclusive.

The UAE has ramped up efforts to enhance digital inclusion and eParticipation of people exposed to vulnerable situations. The focus is on women, children, people of determination and the elderly. All society members have equal rights to get digital services, participate in related decision-making processes and get educational assistance. The UAE government launched several initiatives to educate and improve digital skills of vulnerable groups. Some of the initiatives in the area of services are:

?      Online services for vulnerable groups

?      Digital Customer and Digital Government Service Policy

?      Bridging digital divide.


Incluzun present research findings at International Conference in Dubai

WHO World Mental Health Day 10th October

World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year to raise awareness about the scale of suicide around the world and the role that each of us can play to help in preventing it. This day is organised by the World Federation for Mental Health. It is also supported by WHO, the International Association for Suicide Prevention, and the United for Global Mental Health.


World Sight Day for the Visually Impaired 14th October

World Sight Day is observed on the second Thursday of October month. In 2021, it falls on 14 October. The aim of celebrating World Sight Day is to increase awareness about attention in vision impairment and blindness.                                 

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 17th October

Our Trusted Partner, the Global Sustainability Network, constantly strive toward eradication of poverty. On the 17th of October we celebrate the  International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. This day marks the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) on 20 November 1989.

Students crack one of the world’s toughest exams in India

Considered one of the world's toughest exams, JEE allows its applicants to get into some of the premiere educational institutions in India. It is conducted in two parts- JEE Mains and JEE Advanced. Of the more than 155,000 students who wrote the exam this year, only a little over 40,000 students were successful. Students in the UAE cite their strategies for success in this article, read more about it HERE.


UAE School Leaders Group supporting progressive best practice

An amazing whatsapp group is supporting school leaders across the Emirates. Founded by Mr. Mohsin Ibrahim a broadly experienced Educational Leader who is passionate about  improving practice.

He states “Educational leadership should focus on the individual learning, psychological, social, and emotional needs of each and every student. School learning communities must foster high expectations for all students, but they also must incorporate an ethic of care that recognizes that not all students are the same and values those differences.”

The group has grown over the past years and now hosts over 200 hundred principals, vice principals, regulatory representatives as well as a multitude of specialists. The group acts as a constant source of news, updates in research and a community where any question is answered within a few hours.

Speaking about the impact of the group, Dolly Goriawala notes:

“There is not a selfish bone in the body of this group. People share information before it is even requested. It's not all about education or recruitment, the group sometimes dips into the field of compassion. It’s a 200-strong group with one fiercely beating heart”.

Support for mothers of children with individual needs

UAE based team Karen Kehdy and Mirna Balmonac have come together to support mothers who have children with individual needs. They are working tirelessly across the community to connect and support parents on their journey. They help to connect mothers who have children with similar needs, connect to centres and therapists who have been proven to be good practitioners and answer the many many questions that arise when dealing with complex needs.

Accessible Tourism at the fore for Dubai

The UAE has placed the comfort and care of People of Determination as a core pillar of its community’s wellbeing. In line with the vision of our leadership to be amongst the friendliest countries in the world for People of Determination, we are pleased to host Dubai Accessible Travel and Tourism International Summit (DATTIS) in November, to showcase how we have made our cities more accessible and enjoyable for millions of tourists with disabilities from around the world. The Summit will give us a chance to meet like-minded leaders and experts from across the globe to share our insights, experiences, and best practices. The Summit will also help us further improve the city’s tourist facilities, including hotels, resorts, airports, transport services, shopping malls, beaches, parks and museums, to serve the requirements of tourists with disabilities from around the world and ensure they get the best possible services and experience in our country.”


ImInclusive Supporting People of Determination in the Workforce

ImInclusive is the MENA's 1st Digital Hub of Inclusion. Connecting People With Disabilities to Inclusive Jobs and Empowering Employers to Embrace Inclusion.

ImInclusive Digital Hub is available for registration. Members include employers, industry specialists, learners, and job seekers who gain access to multiple powerful features through the powerful online portal. This valuable platform is connecting people to employers and vice versa across the region with a HUGE impact on employability.

ImInclusive began in a heart and mind, which identified that the community can have a rather disabled approach when dealing with people with disabilities (People of Determination). Growing up with a single parent in a family of 6 siblings, the Founder, Hafsa Qadeer, has been deeply impacted by the journey of her brother, Ahmed Qadeer, a self-taught content writer and editor. He is currently home-schooled in Pakistan as it is best practice for his health while he faces life with spina bifida. Her lived experience defines her values and principles in life: she acknowledges the difference in behaviors in treating people with disabilities and the lack of accountability entire societies can portray towards justice.

In the US: Memorandum from the Director of Special Education

Federal updates from the Director of Special Education in the US provide insights on assessment, regulation and laws around provision for People of Determination in the states. These provide guidance for other countries hoping to follow their lead in improving outcomes for students with individual needs.

Read more about it HERE.

Stanford Medicine scientists receive $10 million for research on sleep and autism

A group of Stanford Medicine scientists have been awarded approximately $10 million from the National Institutes of Health's Autism Centers of Excellence program. The funding, announced by the NIH Sept. 6, will support research on the relationship between sleep dysregulation and autism symptoms. Read about it HERE.



UAE ex teacher supports educational job seekers

Sorcha Coyle has taught in Qatar and Dubai for 10+ years. In October 2021 she left teaching and became a Certified Professional Résumé Writer and an Expat Career & Money Coach. Now she is connecting teachers to some amazing job opportunities.

As the founder of Empowering Expat Teachers in 2017, she has helped 100s of teachers find great teaching jobs in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Oman, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, etc.

Follow her on IG @sorchacoyle_eet for daily international job hunting, CV, cover letter and money saving tips and weekly mini-trainings!

Her latest blog post is about

12 Ways to Find a Great Teaching Job Abroad.”

Research in Inclusion: Self-Monitoring as a Strategy to Improve Teacher Performance

Self-monitoring encompasses observation of one’s own behavior that can be used by teachers to improve their performance in the classroom. In this systematic review, scientists searched three databases to discover published research using teachers as participants implementing self-monitoring procedures in a school setting from January 1990 through October 2021. These studies were analyzed with a focus on participants, dependent and independent variables, type of self-monitoring used, and outcomes. Studies indicated positive results, with some including self-monitoring as part of an intervention package.This gives important insights into how we can improve our practice as educators.

Read more about it HERE.


The Developing Child Centre host a range of workshops supporting the Inclusion Community

Happiness Dogs Programme by Karalynn and Dr. Hannah



 Free resources on Inclusive Teaching from Teacher Toolkit

Find a range of useful webinars, presentations, resources and articles relevant to the professional practice 'Pose, Pause, Pounce, Bounce” Assessment for Learning ' from the Teacher Toolkit for teacher educators. HERE

Free Live Webinars in Education

Accessibility Training - Ask Me Anything Presented by Brian Elton

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 12:00 PM EST


Accessibly (re)creating the past Presented by Deb Mayers

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 7:30 PM ET


Be A Digital Ally: Accessibility Checkers Presented by Knowbility

Thursday, October 20, 2022 5:00 pm EST



Education UAE have some awesome articles in their current issue

Over 700,000 students will return to school in the UAE. With the world’s largest private school market (The National, 2021) our teachers, principals, and SENDCos are set for large numbers and a fast pace as the academic year takes off for 2022-2023!




Teach Middle East: Educational Podcast

Vikas Pota is the Founder & CEO of T4 Education, a digital platform he established as a response to the challenges posed by the pandemic on education globally. In this episode of the podcast, Vikas and Leisa Grace talk about how to transform education one teacher and one school at a time.

Listen HERE




Next Inclusion & Wellbeing Forum

 Innovations in Research

Emotional and Behavioral Characteristics of Students With Emotional Disturbance

This study was conducted to determine whether the problem characteristics of students school-identified with emotional disturbance (ED) have changed over two decades. Using data from a teacher rating instrument designed to measure the five problem characteristics of ED, this research gives insights into how teachers relate and identify ED. HERE


Research on Visual Timetables

A comprehensive review of the literature to establish the evidence base for using visual activity schedules (VAS) with individuals with intellectual disability. HERE

Who to follow this month

Thought leaders are those who excel in their profession and create and share content for educational and motivational purposes. Thought leaders within education generate motivation and create better pathways for learning, calling the very best from our schools and universities.

Vikas Pota

A powerful Educational Leader who is building the world's largest community of teachers and schools.



Special Education: Educating Students With Disabilities

Training helps teachers anticipate how students with learning disabilities might solve problems

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As always, we welcome your input, please do let us know if you have a good idea you want to share- if you have used a tool or app that has supported your students or staff in a meaningful way or if you can  talk about pitfalls to avoid.  We are always seeking speakers to contribute.

Thank you all who have been sharing, please do like and share and help us spread inclusion & wellbeing far and wide!


Please do let us know if you have any other topics that you would like to address particularly.

We are here to share, no one has the perfect answer, only what works in your setting.

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