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  • Reply to: Disability and Education: From Charity to Investment   5 days 22 hours ago

    Dear Maria,
    Thank you for the excellent comments. Do let us know the outcomes of the meeting in Geneva.
    Harry

  • Reply to: Disability and Education: From Charity to Investment   1 week 3 days ago

    Thank you, Harry, for this post! I am grateful not only because the subject you have chosen but also for the level of discussion your post has brought. This blog is visited by many people around the world. Your post brings a solid support to our cause (truly inclusive education), and it is very timely, indeed. Precisely, a Day of General Discussion (DGD) on the right to education for persons with disabilities, will be held on 15 April 2015, at Palais des Nations, Geneva. From my country (Argentina) an Association of people with disabilities I belong (Association Azul) has already submitted a contribution and will present it on the 15th. Summarily it focuses on the following lines: 1. In the Global South, children and adolescents with disabilities continue to be excluded from mainstream schools, and, if any, they receive low quality education at special schools and initiate there a life of segregation and non participation in the community. In our experience, including disabled students in mainstream schools is a more cost-effective than the segregated system and better reflects the principles of true inclusion. 2.Need for the all the agents in the educational system to receive effective training including disability rights. 3. Need consider marginalized groups, including people with severe speech impairment and multiple disabilities. 4. Need to include methods of augmentative and alternative communication and simple language whenever we talk about communication. 5. Need to consider the access to communication and information whenever we talk about accessibility.

  • Reply to: Disability and Education: From Charity to Investment   1 week 5 days ago

    Dear Stephen, thank you very much for your thoughtful comment. In addition to the disappointing stories from Australia and the USA, I was heartened to hear about the schools in Amman that offer such services. We need to track these experience and share lessons. I also share your view on measurement.

  • Reply to: Disability and Education: From Charity to Investment   1 week 5 days ago

    Dear Sigamoney, I agree. We need to raise our awareness. The point you make about mainstreaming the discourse is vital. More discussion is needed to clarify the issues, share information and experience, and then take decisive action. Thankyou

  • Reply to: Disability and Education: From Charity to Investment   1 week 5 days ago

    Thank you Alberto. I agree that we need to monitor closely the standards involved with school buildings and ensure that access for all is guaranteed.