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ERIC Number: EJ1158507
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1034-912X
Implementation of Educational Provision for Children with Severe to Profound Intellectual Disability in the Western Cape: From Rights to Reality
McKenzie, Judith A.; Pillay, Savondarie G.; Duvenhage, Chris-Marie; Du Plessis, Erika; Jelsma, Jennifer M.
International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, v64 n6 p596-611 2017
Children with severe to profound intellectual disability have been excluded from education on the basis that their impairment makes them "ineducable". The Western Cape Forum for Intellectual Disability challenged this notion through litigation against the South African Government. The ensuing judgement asserts the right to education of these children and outlines action steps for government to this end. We describe the actions taken by the Western Cape Education Department in responding to the requirements of the court by means of a document review. We then reflect on the implementation process, highlighting key learning points of relevance for others engaged in implementation. We note critical factors to be considered for the child, their families, special care centres, and the broader educational and legal systems. We conclude by outlining important considerations for the inclusion of these children within the education system in South Africa.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa
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