Every child has the right to education, and this includes children with disabilities. This is clearly stated in Article 24 of the United Nations Convention on the rights of Persons with Disabilities.
However, this right is often denied to children with intellectual disabilities, especially to children with complex support needs.
Inclusion Europe addresses this issue in its exploratory study Inclusion of pupils with complex support needs in mainstream schools (.pdf).
The study looks, amongst other things, at attitudes towards education for people with complex support needs, the legal situation in different European countries, as well as ways to make mainstream schools accessible for pupils with complex support needs.
- Read the study: Inclusion of pupils with complex support needs in mainstream schools (.pdf)
- Interview with Inclusion International president Sue Swenson
Click on a word which is in bold to read what it means.
“How can we support children with complex support needs
to go to school?”
Every child has the right to get an education.
Children with disabilities have this right, too.
This is written in an important document,
the UN CRPD.
But many children with intellectual disabilities
are not allowed to go to school.
It is not easy for children to go to school
if they have complex support needs.
Some schools don’t allow them to come to class.
The report talks about children with complex support needs.
The report asks the question:
How can we make it possible for children with complex support needs
to go to school?
The report talks about many things:
- how countries deal with
children with complex support needs in schools;
- the laws in European countries about children with complex support needs at school;
- how we can make schools accessible
for children with complex support needs.
Sue Swenson is the president of Inclusion International.
We did an interview with Sue Swenson.
In the interview,
Sue Swenson talks about why it is so important
that all children can learn together.
Children with disabilities should be able to learn alongside
children without disabilities.
If you want to read our interview with Sue Swenson,
Our work brings the voice of people with intellectual disabilities and their families where decisions about their future are made.
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