Dear President,I would like to introduce myself as President of EASE.
I was nominated and elected in November 2000 for this important position, which
I am very pleased to hold. A short biography is attached to this letter.
With my colleagues on the Executive Board, I intend to lead EASE in the 21st Century, as an important organisation representing the needs of individuals, practitioners and academics.
I am fortunate to be supported by an Executive Body of professionals, who cover a wide range of disciplines within the field of Special Education. They are Wolf Bloemers Vice President (Germany) Sue Panter Secretary (UK) Peter Appelhans Treasurer (Germany) Zita Sykorova (Cz Rep) Robert Ulrich (Sweden). It is our wish to extend EASE, to represent other European countries and organisations within them. To do this it is necessary to widen the membership of EASE and assure other organisations of the value of belonging to EASE.
I understand that, in my short time with EASE, the question for many of you is what does EASE offer my organisation? I accept this as a challenge. The Executive Board have met several times with this as an item on the agenda. I have held my letter to you until now, so that I can tell you that there will be:
- Conferences which will enable your members to hear speakers from across Europe, share ideas, expertise and skills, research findings and practical solutions. They will be aimed at practitioners as well as academics in the field. Details of the next conference is at the end of this letter.
- Newsletters which will enable your members to read about research, ideas and other organisations activities and which will address matters of policy within different countries in Europe.
- Networks which will enable members to link with schools and other establishments for professionals, pupils and students and those within the life long learning framework, to share pedagogy, ideas, policy, research, and personal and professional experience.
This will not be possible unless your organisation is a member of EASE. EASE needs your financial support to be able to do this, but it also needs your interest and action.
- Access to other associations and organisations in countries throughout Europe who are active in the field of Special Education.
Therefore, my challenge to you is, what can you bring to EASE?
We will be a pro-active not re-active association. We will take the breadth of experience of our membership and build on it in a unified way that will influence decision making and the policy makers in the field. We must also influence the teachers and the teacher trainers.
We require you to support us:
- through news items of good practice, information on conferences in your country, consultation and outcomes on legislation etc which we will edit into Newsletters of quality and distribute to you.
- by contributing as speakers and delegates to our conferences and distributing information on them to your membership.
- by supporting the network in a pro-active and reciprocal way.
Just as I have taken the challenge of leading EASE to provide useful services to member organisations and the professional within them, both practitioners and academics, I hope you will take the challenge to support EASE in its quest for excellence in the field of Special Education to benefit the people with whom we all work.
- by paying your membership fees.
I look forward to hearing from you and most of all to receiving your support through membership of EASE.
EASE Account No. 8558 00 206, Sort Code 20010020, Postbank Hamburg.