The Movement Toward a Global Inclusive Education Standard


Presented at 3:30pm in WB III on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.



  • Karen McCall, Accessible Document Design Consultant and Educator, Karlen Communications

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format:
  • Expertise Level: Not provided
  • Type of session: General Conference


We use the term “inclusive education” but what does the term really mean? In 2015, the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals. Goal 4.5 is to achieve inclusive education by 2030. The problem is that the term means different things for different people. Is it time to start define a global inclusive education standard?


In 2016, the global community is in the position to be able to globally define an inclusive education standard. The elements that make this possible are the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the increased focus on inclusive education in conferences on education and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) which were adopted in September 2015. The SDG’s provide the framework for where the global community wants to be by 2030. There are 17 goals with goal 4 addressing education and goal 4.5 specifically identifying inclusive education as a global goal. The problem is that the term inclusive education means different things to different people. This session outlines the need for a global inclusive education standard from the perspective of those of us with disabilities and poses the question “does current legislation provide a framework for inclusive education?”.


  1. The difference between integrated, accommodated, mainstreamed and inclusive education
  2. Identify the gaps in skills for all graduate students that perpetuate barriers to inclusion.
  3. Identify the need for education reform toward a global inclusive education standard.

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Speaker Bio(s)

Karen McCall

Karen McCall, M.Ed. has been working in the field of accessible document design since 1999. She began her career in website accessibility and auditing and moved to accessible Word, PowerPoint and PDF documents in 2004. Karen is:

A Canadian delegate of the ISO 14289 or PDF/UA (Universal Accessibility) committee and has been for a number of years. A Canadian delegate to the ISO 32000 PDF committee. A Microsoft MVP for Word (Most Valued Professional) since 2009. A Microsoft Accessibility MVP since 2017 when this category of MVP was established.

Karen has written several books on the topic of accessible document design for Word, PowerPoint and PDF documents as well as smaller publications with specific techniques for working with Office applications if you are using adaptive technology and/or the keyboard.

Karen is the president of Karlen Communications.