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, Karlen Communications

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
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  • 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. is the owner of Karlen Communications. She has been working in the field of accessible document design for over ten years and has written several books on creating and working with various document formats including Word, PowerPoint and PDF. She is currently working on the fourth edition of her book “Accessible and Usable PDF Documents: Techniques for Document Authors.” Karen is a Canadian delegate to the ISO PDF/UA committee. Her current activities include creating the PdF and the User Experience Survey for people with disabilities using adaptive technology and advocating for a global inclusive quality education standard.