April 15, 2008
For immediate release
Dr. Mian Wang of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School will present the paper “Comparing American and Chinese Disability Policies on Education for Children with Disabilities” at the 24th Annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disability in Honolulu, Hawaii on April 14th & 15th.
Wang’s presentation provides a brief review of Chinese policy in regard to education for children with disabilities and comparable American policy. On the basis of an 18 core concepts framework of American disability policy, analysis was conducted focusing on the current Chinese special education policy and its ongoing reauthorization process. Each nation’s recommended next steps to improve special education policy are also discussed.
With its beginnings dating back to 1985, the Pacific Rim Conference has evolved into one of the top rated international educational offerings for and from persons with disabilities, family members, researchers, service providers, policymakers and nationally recognized professionals in the various disciplines in the diverse field of disabilities.
Mian Wang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education, specializing in Special Education, Disability, and Risk Studies. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Patras, Greece, in Applied Developmental Psychology with an emphasis on Cognitive Development of Children with Intellectual Disabilities as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in Special Education with an emphasis on Family and Disability Policy. Wang has 12 years experience working in the field of disability and special education in several countries such as Canada, China, Greece, and the United States. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies in Psychology in China. His research interests include: child and family outcomes of early childhood services, family-professional partnership, atypical child development, positive behavioral support in cultural context, and disability policy.
[Mian Wang is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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