Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and is a key theme at Bett Asia 2021. SEND covers a broad spectrum of student learning difficulties and are grouped in the following areas; communication and interaction difficulties; cognition and learning; social, emotional and mental health needs; and physical and sensory needs.
In Indonesia 50% of teenagers with a disability are not in school, and the figure is slightly higher in Vietnam.
Ensuring that your SEND pupils feel welcome, included, supported and enabled to learn is a considerable challenge, especially against a background of budget cuts and staff recruitment. Class teachers, especially newly qualified teachers, need support to understand each of these broad areas of need, but more importantly to understand how they can adjust their teaching to support ALL students in their class.
Technology can and is playing a vital part in improving accessibility, with every major operating system now coming with assistive technology built-in as standard. Assistive technology products and services can provide support for children, young people and adults, helping them to develop independence, and develop life skills.
Included in the Bett Asia programme are two sessions that will focus on the support of SEND students. Experts and educators will speak of the challenges giving practical advice, case studies, inspiration and useful information.