Failing disabled and SEN children

By Press Office
March 11, 2011

Commenting on the UK government's Special Educational Needs and Disability Green Paper, Jonathan Bartley, co-director of the beliefs and values thinktank Ekklesia, who also has a profile as a campaigner on disability and SEN issues, said:

"The Special Educational Needs and Disability Green Paper is regressive overall, reflecting the government's ideological opposition against giving disabled children right to mainstream education, as in other European countries.

"The Green Paper locates 'barriers' firmly with the disabled child's 'problems' rather than with the disabling social environment and the need to move from exclusion to inclusion within the education system.

"This document offers an illusion of choice rather than genuine choices for disabled people and their families.

"It offers no right to inclusive education, and in many ways it will make it more difficult to push for inclusion. It is based on a 'medicalised' approach to disability rather than a vision of justice and community."


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