SU’S DEAN BIKLEN AWARDED UNESCO PRIZE IN KUWAIT


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) awarded Doug- las Bilken, Syracuse University’s Dean of the School of Education, with the 2011 Emir Jaber al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize in recognition of his significant contribution to the study of education for people with intellectual disabilities. The prize is funded by the government of Kuwait and is specifically instituted to honor work in the field of educational disabilities across borders. Normally awarded to two individu- als—one from an Arab country and one from outside the region—this past year’s award went solely to Bilken in acknowledgement of his major achievements. Inspired in the 1970’s by abuse and negligence of educational opportunities for this group of people, Bilken was an early proponent of deinstitutionaliza- tion and access to early childhood educational intervention. Bilken has engaged in research for over forty years to determine effective methods for such educational participation. He hopes that the receipt of the UNESCO prize will bring greater international awareness to issues of disability rights and inclusion.