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University College, Chichester, is holding a conference on the Vygotskian approach on March 19. Speakers: Professor Alex Kozulin, translator of Vygotsky, and Galina Dolya, a nursery head and author of the "Key to Learning" programme. On July 9, a conference will be held on strategies for the inclusion of pupils with autistic spectrum disorder in mainstream schools. Speakers include Professor Rita Jordan, Birmingham University, and Ros Blackburn, an adult living with autism. Fee per conference: pound;90pound;100.

Tel: 01243 812141 Email:

Supporting Deaf People, an online conference taking place March 10-16, will include presentations on educational interpreting and consumer perceptions of sign language, and a discussion about the working practices of language tutors with deaf students.

Communicate-ed is running a course on access arrangements for GCSE and GCE, Gatwick, March 11; and one on positive behaviour management, central London, March 15. Fee: pound;95. Contact Carol Greenslade Tel: 01628 776492

Seminars at the Education Show's Special Needs Village at NEC Birmingham, March 17-19, include partnership with parents; involving students with SEN and disabilities in KS3 classes; and teaching the brain to read. Free entry to the resources exhibition.

Tel: 0870 429 4580 Current trends in theory and practice will be explored at Speech, Language and Communication Needs, a conference at Warwick University, March 19-20, organised by the National Association of Professionals concerned with Language Impairment in Children (NAPLIC). Speakers include Professor Dorothy Bishop, Oxford University. Fee: pound;315; pound;255 members residential. Non-residential rates available. Contact Carol Lingwood Tel: 01273 381009

SpecialneedsIT Bolton 2005 will be held in Bolton, May 23-24. It is organised by Inclusive Consultancy and Training, includes free How-IT-Works seminars and is held alongside Special Needs North, organised by the National Association for Special Educational Needs and the Publishers'

Association. "Inclusion: celebrating diversity?", the International Special Education Conference, will be held in Glasgow, August 1-4. Speakers include Mel Ainscow, Manchester University; Chen Yun Ying, National Institute of Educational Research, China; Elliot Eisner, Stanford University. The forum will explore best practice and new ideas. Fee: pound;250 (before March 31), pound;290 after; student and day rates available. Rooms at special rates are available through Glasgow Tourist Board.

Tel: 0141 950 3052

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