Children with disabilities still struggle to access mainstream schools: experts

Global Times

6th July 2017

Children with disabilities still struggle to access mainstream schools: experts

By Leng Shumei

A disability forum held in Beijing last week said that while the country has made steps forward, it still has a long way to go before it can boast “inclusive education” nationwide for students with disabilities, given their low enrolment rate in mainstream schools.

Inclusive education advocates an education system in which students with disabilities study in the same institutions as their non-disabled peers rather than in isolated special schools, which requires the provision of special education and related services. The system has been promoted in the US, Canada and Japan.

The forum, affiliated with the China Disability and Sustainable Development (CDSD) Forum, was held on June 30th as the conclusion of a UN project jointly launched in China by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and a variety of UN organisations since 2014 to promote the rights of persons with disabilities, including their rights to education, employment, and social participation.

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