October 21-23, 2009 Salamanca, Spain
The Conference was organised by Inclusion International & INICO (Universidad de Salamanca)
Sponsored by FUNDACION ONCE, Spanish Ministry of Education, Spanish Confederation of Organisations in favour of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (FEAPS), Inclusion Europe.
Inclusion International gratefully acknowledges the support given from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) for participants to attend the conference Return to Salamanca: Confronting the Gap – Rhetoric, Rights and Reality?
Around 400 participants from 57 countries attended the Global Conference on Inclusive Education that took place in Salamanca, Spain on 21-23 October, 2009.
ANDORRA, ARGENTINA, ARMENIA, AUSTRIA, BELGIUM, BOLIVIA, BRAZIL, BULGARIA, CANADA, CAPE VERDE, CZECH REPUBLIC, CHILE, COLOMBIA, COSTA RICA, DENMARK, ECUADOR, EGYP, FINLAND, FRANCE, GERMANY, GEORGIA, , HONG KON, HONDURAS, HUNGARY, INDIA, IRELAND, ISRAEL, ITALY, LEBANON, LIBYA, LITHUANIA, NETHERLANDS , MEXICO, MALAYSIA, MOLDOVA, MOZAMBIQUE, NAMIBIA, NICARAGUA, NEW ZEALAND, NORWAY, PANAMA, PERU, PHILIPPINES, POLAND, PORTUGAL, REPUBLIC OF CROATIA, ROMANIA, RUSSIA, SERBIA, SOUTH AFRICA, SPAIN, SWEDEN, UNITED KINGDOM, URUGUAY, USA, ZAMBIA, ZIMBABWE.
The conference celebrated the anniversary of the SALAMANCA statement (1994-2009) adopted 15 years ago during the World Conference on Special Needs Education organised by UNESCO. (Salamanca, Spain, 10 June 1994).
Fifteen years later as we celebrate the UN Conventionon on the Rights of Persons’ with Disability coming into effect, Inclusion International and INICO have brought together self-advocates and their families, representatives from disability organisations, professors, researchers, government representatives and experts to Salamanca to asses the progress made and to set the agenda for renewed action in the years ahead.
At the end of the 3 day conference the following resolution was adopted: