Inclusive Education!

As I have briefly mentioned before, students with disabilities often attend segregated schools, isolated from their peers and the community. Many students with disabilities do not attend school at all. In South Africa, this number reaches nearly half a million, as children with disabilities face discriminatory physical barriers and attitudes. Often this begins early in their lives when government officials classify them on the basis of their disabilities, which i blogged about recently. International treaties such as the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, both ratified by more than 150 nations, require all children to receive an education. Every child, regardless of disability, has the right to attend a quality, inclusive school on an equal basis with others. Until that right is realized, we continue to fail inside and outside the classroom. Think about all of the amazing differences interaction with different people can make for those with disabilities and everyone else as well. They can have many more friends and each person can learn at his or her own pace so that everyone can become more successful and help out in this world. Who knows the next great activist could be someone who is blind but we may never get to know that if schools all around the world do not become all inclusive. So lets work on making that happen!

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