ERIC Number: ED311660
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Sep
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International Trends in Special Education of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities.
This presentation explores international trends and needed changes in the education of persons with severe intellectual disabilities. One goal is to have all children attend school, no matter how severe their disabilities. Though low percentages of disabled children from developing countries attend school, some positive trends are identified, such as implementing educational legislation and placing responsibility for the education of all disabled children with education ministries. As developing countries plan educational services for disabled children, the benefits of mainstreaming must be weighed against the reality of overcrowded schools, inadequately trained teachers, and a curriculum that is not easily individualized. A responsible integration policy that results in real mainstreaming rather than "maindumping" would require support from teachers, specialists, the disabled child's family, other children, and the community. Another goal of special education for people with intellectual disabilities involves helping them to learn and to take advantage of opportunities for life-long continuing education. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the World Congress of Rehabilitation International (16th, Tokyo, Japan, September 5-9, 1988).