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ERIC Number: EJ1109445
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Aug
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1471-3802
Defeating Inequalities in School Access: A Case of Children with Disabilities in Pakistan
Hameed, Abdul; Manzoor, Afaf
Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, v16 suppl 1 p345-350 Aug 2016
A recent study reveals that average distance from home to special school for children with disabilities in Punjab is about 11 km. A huge and free transport system is established to overcome the distance barrier. Moreover, the incentives such as free uniform, books, assistive devices and hostel facility along with subsistence allowance of Rs.800 per month have failed to increase enrolment beyond 4%. This situation clearly shows that special school is not an appropriate solution if 100% enrolment of children with disabilities is the target. The only way out left is then to improve the existing regular school available at the doorstep of all children through inclusive education. The public image of disability suitable for inclusion, however, has emerged as the most challenging barrier to inclusive education. There seems a consensus that only children with mild disabilities should be included in regular schools for inclusion, whereas the children with severe and profound disabilities should remain in special schools or out of school. There is need to investigate this pseudo consensus to bring about a conceptual clarity in the term inclusive education so that early efforts of inclusive education should take right direction. [Paper presented at the Inclusive and Supportive Education IV Conference Congresso Internacional da Pró-Inclusão (8th, Lisbon, Portugal, July 26-29, 2016).]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pakistan
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