doc. PhDr. Jan Šiška Ph.D.

Jan Šiška is an associate professor at the Faculty of Education of Charles University and the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. He focuses on policy and practice in the areas of supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities such as transition, quality in social services, independent living and active citizenship. Jan has led a number of national, European and international research projects on disability across the life course. He is a national expert for the Academic Network of Experts on Disability (EDE). In addition to his work in Europe, Jan also has extensive professional experience in disability-focused projects in the USA and the Global South (Ethiopia, South East Asia).


Mgr. Šárka Káňová, Ph.D.

Šárka Káňová is an assistant professor and head of the Department of Special and Inclusive Pedagogy at the Department of Education, Faculty of Education, University of Technology in Pilsen. In 2018 – 2019 she completed a professional internship at the University of Kent at the Tizard Centre. Her research interests include issues of life pathways of people with disabilities and exploring the possibilities of fulfilling roles related to their active citizenship. She has extensive experience from the third sector, from organisations focused on working with people with disabilities in the Czech Republic (Diakonie ČCE Centre in Pilsen, MOŽNOSTI TU JSOU o.p.s., NRZP – regional branch for the Pilsen region, SPMP ČR, z.s, Epistop, z.s. and Psychopedical Society, z.s.) and abroad (Lions Club International, Work Inc.), as well as from the regional level (NUTS III), where she was a member of the Social Commission of the Pilsen Region. In 2004-2005, she co-founded the Kačaba Café and Teahouse, which she later transformed with the support of NESST into the social enterprise CafeRestaurant Kačaba.

prof. Julie Beadle-Brown

Julie Beadle-Brown is a Professor in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at Kent and Professor in Disability at La Trobe University, Australia. Professor Beadle-Brown completed her Masters in French and Psychology and PhD at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.  Her PhD focused on imitation, theory of mind and play in autistic children and adults.  In 1998 Julie was appointed as Lecturer in Learning Disability to teach on the Service Issues and Research Methods modules of a newly developed MSc in Analysis and Intervention in Learning Disability. Since then, she has played a key role in developing the use of e-learning and distance learning at the Tizard Centre and has developed new programmes in Autism Studies at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Mgr. Kateřina Horská, Ph.D.

Mgr. Kateřina Horská, Ph.D. studied anthropology at the Faculty of Anthropology, Charles University in Prague. Her specialty is anthropology of religion; she has conducted ethnographic field research in the religious community and in the field of new age spirituality. She is also close to the functioning of the human mind and mental health, and is particularly interested in interdisciplinary projects in this area.



MgA. Marie Černíková, Ph.D.

Lecturer, performer, artist. She teaches Personal and Social Development and Dramatic Education at ZČU. In her doctoral thesis, she investigated the link between costume, self-presentation and theatrical activities to varying degrees, lived and staged reality.


PhDr. Jan Mašek, Ph.D.

Jan Mašek focuses on the pedagogy of art in the field of new media and on multi-literacy, multimodal didactics and social semiotics. He is the principal investigator of a number of projects focused on the use of technology in teaching, including three projects of Grant Agency of the Czech Republic (GAČR).


Mgr. Tereza Havránková

Tereza Havránková is a PhD student at the Department of Computer and Didactic Technology, Faculty of Education, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. She has been working for a long time on the use of iPads in education, especially in language teaching.