We are just about two months away from the 16th biennial conference of the International Association of Special Education (IASE) to be held at Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University (SEKOMU) in Lushoto, Tanzania.

All of us at Toa Nafasi are super-excited to soon partake in the panels and parties, but our joyous anticipation is tinged with a bit of sadness.  IASE’s founder and heroine to so many afflicted with disabilities around the world, Marg Csapo, has passed away after a long and illustrious life of public service.  Marg’s death leaves behind a void in the field of special education and we will surely commemorate her in July when we gather for a cause for which she was truly a champion.  Please see below a biography for Marg as posted to the IASE website.


Marg Csapo earned degrees from the University of Toronto (Canada), the University of San Carlos (Guatemala), and the University of Kansas (United States).  Marg worked as a teacher for emotionally disturbed children in the late 50s and for the Toronto Board of Education until 1971.  After that, she served as professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.  Between 1994 and 2001, Marg established undergraduate and graduate training for special education teachers at the University of Darussalam, Brunei.  She also was an advisor to the Minister of Education in establishing programs for special education in the Brunei public schools.  Marg held the role of editor of the International Journal of Special Education and was Past President of the IASE from 1985-1989.  She was a representative of the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology and Special Education of the University of British Columbia and of the Association of Professors Emeriti.  Marg’s special assignments included: Lesotho (USAID), Nigeria (UNESCO), Indonesia and British Honduras (Canadian Teachers’ Federation, Project Overseas).  She was a life member of IASE and she will be missed dearly.