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The JMB Education Conference took place on Thursday 15th September 2016 at the Hogan Suite, Croke Park Conference Centre. The theme for 2016 was ‘Special Educational Needs: Understanding Policy – Updating Practice – Unlocking Potential’ The aim was to offer peer and specialist-delivered workshops on emerging developments in the provision for special educational needs and to provide opportunities for participants to interact with policy makers, practitioners, support services and commercial enterprises.

As well as a series of excellent and relevant workshops, Conference participants heard from Adam Harris, Founder-CEO of AsIAm, an organisation working to educate, empower and advocate for the Autism community in Ireland. Key to the policy perspective will be the new school-profile model of allocating resources, which was introduced and explored by the CEO of the National Council for Special Education, Teresa Griffin.

Participant feedback via an online survey indicated an extremely high degree of satisfaction with the event and its components. Enormous thanks is due to our Conference Organisers led by Cathy Glavey, the JMB National SEN Advisory Group, and the ever-professional and hardworking members of staff of Emmet House.The conference attracted a record 540 participants and keynote videos, photographs and workshop PowerPoint presentations are available from the JMB website thanks to our ICT and social media coordinator, Liz Lambert.

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