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A journey towards inclusive education; a case study from a ‘township’ in South Africa

African Journal of Disability


 
 
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Title A journey towards inclusive education; a case study from a ‘township’ in South Africa
 
Creator Luger, Rosemary; Chaeli Campaign, Plumstead Prudhomme, Debbie; Chaeli Campaign, Plumstead Bullen, Ann; Chaeli Campaign, Plumstead Pitt, Catherine; Chaeli Campaign, Plumstead Geiger, Martha; Chaeli Campaign, Plumstead

Centre for Rehabilitation Studies, Stellenbosch University
 
Subject early childhood development; interdisciplinary studies inclusive education; mainstreaming; parent involvement; community-based collaboration; interdisciplinary teamwork
Description The purpose of this case study was to relate part of the journey to appropriate education for two young children with physical disabilities in a low socio-economic peri-urban informal settlement – or ‘township’ – in South Africa. The part of the on-going journey described here spanned four-and-a-half years and included the two children, their families, their teachers, their community and a small team of rehabilitation professionals working for a non-profit organisation in the area. The rehabilitation professionals’ goals were to provide support for the children, their families, their current special care centre and the school(s) they would attend in the future. The steps from the special care centre, to a mainstream early childhood development (ECD) centre for both of them, and then on to (a) a school for learners with special educational needs (LSEN) for one child and (b) a mainstream primary school for the other, are described. Challenges encountered on the way included parental fears, community attitudes and physical accessibility. Practical outcomes included different placements for the two children with implications and recommendations for prioritised parent involvement, individual approaches, interdisciplinary and community-based collaborations. Recommendations are given for clinical contexts, curricula and policy matters; for research and for scaling up such a programme through community workers.
 
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
 
Contributor The Nelson Mandela Children's Fund; Western Cape Department of Social Development (South Africa);The Chaeli Campaign
Date 2012-09-18
 
Type — qualitative case study
Format text/html application/octet-stream text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/ajod.v1i1.15
 
Source African Journal of Disability; Vol 1, No 1 (2012); 5 pages
 
Language en
 
Coverage Africa; South Africa; Western Cape 2008-2012 —
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