Equal oppor­tunities for children in the Nordics

27.9.2022 9:00–14:00

Kaisaniemenkatu 9, Helsinki, Finland

Languages: English

The Nordic countries are seeing growing numbers of children with an immigrant background and developmental disorder. The seminar gathers experts from the Nordic and Baltic countries to share knowledge and experiences on how to support the wellbeing of foreign-born children and youth with developmental disorders.  

What does the situation look like in the Nordics in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic? What are the biggest challenges and what types of services seem to be the most successful for different groups? What can service providers working with immigrant families learn from the work in other Nordic countries to guarantee equal opportunities for all children? 


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 9:00 Welcome
Henric Öhman, Nordic Culture Point
Kaisa Kepsu, senior adviser, Nordic Welfare Centre

9:10 Integration of services in the interest of children’s wellbeing
Ingólfur Einarsson, MD, developmental paediatrician, Iceland 


9:30 The rising figure of developmental issues among children with foreign background – with focus on autism spectrum disorders
Anna Sarajuuri, Chief Physician, New Children’s Hospital, HUS, Finland 


10:00 Rehabilitation of children and youth with foreign background
Anna-Mari Paavonen, researcher, Kela, Finland 



10:30–10:45 Coffee break 


10:45 Children and youth with intellectual disabilities in Swedish schools: developments and experiences over time
Thomas Barow, Associate Professor in Education, University of Gothenburg, Department of Education and Special Education 


11:15 Well-being among immigrants with disability during the COVID-19
Pilvikki Heinonen, FAIDD – The Finnish Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (Kehitysvammaliitto) and Marja Holm, THL/Finnish institute for health and welfare 


11:45–12:30 Lunch 


12:30–14 Panel discussion with the audience involved


Representative of Hilma– the Support Center for Immigrants with Disabilities (not confirmed) 

Marjut Virsu, Finland: special needs teacher, doctoral researcher, Tampere University  

Lise Roll-Pettersson, Professor of Special Education, Stockholm University  

Ingólfur Einarsson, Iceland 

Moderator: Kaisa Kepsu, Integration Norden/Nordic Welfare Centre 



Counselling and Diagnostic Centre, Iceland  
Integration Norden / Nordic Welfare Centre, Nordic Council of Ministers 
Nordic Culture Point  

Logos: Councelling and Diagnostics Centre, Nordic Council of Ministers

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