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"We will bus you up the mountains,
And bus you down the mountains,
And change your life in between!" 
 
Plans for the 2019 IASE Conference at Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University (SEKOMU) in Magamba, Tanzania, East Africa are well on their way. A planning team of Iris Drower, Mary Gale Budzisz, Sandra Trevethan, Sarah Rosenbloom, Gasto Lekule, Susan Pursch, Anneth Munga, Edward Bagandanshwa, Joseph Mbatia, Msafiri Mbilu and other representatives from SEKOMU have started working on the conference. 
 
The local committee is chaired by Anneth Munga, former Vice Chancellor of SEKOMU. She is currently serving as the Director of Postgraduate Studies, International Relations and Linkages at the university. The team has assumed numerous responsibilities and is thrilled to welcome IASE members and guests to the flourishing campus. 
 
All SEKOMU students, no matter what academic program they have chosen, are required to learn about the needs, rights and potentials of persons living with disabilities. IASE participants will not only have the opportunity to be a part of the campus but will also make site visits to the Irente School for the Blind, Irente Rainbow School, Irente Farm and Irente Children's Home. Others will have the opportunity to visit a local tea factory and Lutindi Mental Hospital.  
 
Guest speakers are being contacted, Keynote speeches will be delivered by His Excellency Benjamin William Mkapa, former President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Prof. Mwajabu Possi (University of Dar es Salaam) and Prof. Edward Bagandanshwa (SEKOMU). IASE members will soon have the opportunity to submit requests for proposals.  The theme for the conference is being worked on.  Leadership roles are filling in and excitement for this unusual conference is building.  
 
Make your plans NOW to attend. Bring others with you.  
 
You'll also have opportunities to build into your experience in Tanzania a safari before or after the conference.  This will be determined by each participant.  It is one thing to visit the facilities humans build to see wild animals.  It is another thing to be their guests.  
 
"We will bus you up the mountains,
And bus you down the mountains,
And change your life in between!"