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Nash and Rous Lead International Conversation on Innovative, Human-Centered Approaches for Services for Children with Disabilities

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Drs. John Nash and Beth Rous, faculty members in the University of Kentucky College of Education, will keynote the Inclusion Symposium 2017 in Australia on Nov. 30. The symposium is about collaboration and exploring innovative ways to improve inclusive practice in the context of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI).

The focus of the keynote address and workshop is fulfilling the promise of full access and participation of young children with disabilities in early childhood education and care services. In their keynote, Nash and Rous will discuss how design thinking can be used to engage children, families and professionals as co-creators of inclusive programs and services. They will present an overview of design thinking, along with specific examples and tools that demonstrate how the challenges of inclusion can be addressed through a human-centered approach.

Leading up to the symposium, Nash and Rous hosted an international online conversation in partnership with Early Childhood Intervention Australia Nov. 7 for those interested in creating solutions to the challenges faced in education and care services for young children with disabilities.

The webinar covered how innovative approaches like design thinking can provide a human-centered approach to challenges in providing full access and participation for young children with disabilities when they access early childhood education and care services.