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ERIC Number: EJ777618
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug-15
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
Inclusion of School-Age Children with Disabilities in Ukraine
Raver, Sharon A.; Kolchenko, Kateryna
Childhood Education, v83 n6 p370 Aug 2007
For many years, children with developmental problems, sensory disorders, brain dysfunction, and complex disorders have remained at the margins of the Ukrainian regular education system or have been excluded from it. In 2004, 1.8 percent of the children in Ukraine were registered as having disabilities. In this article, the authors describe the educational situation for children with disabilities, beginning with a background of Ukraine gaining its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 and its efforts to implement reforms as well as resistance to them. Children with disabilities in Ukraine traditionally have been educated in separate schools, although inclusive education has been part of the discussion since the late 1990s. The Ukrainian Ministry of Education has lobbied for instituting international recommendations on inclusive education, and some organizational efforts exist to promote inclusive education, although such efforts face many significant barriers. Such barriers include (1) inconsistent governmental policies and funding; (2) negative public attitudes regarding disabilities; and (3) limited infrastructure to support inclusion implementation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ukraine