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Review of the present situation in special needs education

HEGARTY, Seamus
1995

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An overall comparison between the two situations - 1986 and 1993 - reported here and in the previous report allow for some guarded optimism. Most countries provided some information on policies but varied greatly in the amount of detail offered. Special educational provision is more firmly located within regular education, at school and the administrative levels, than before and has greater legislative underpinning. Within the policy statements, themselves, the most common strands related to : developing the individual's potential, integration and necessary steps for implementation. Regarding legislation, most countries did include special needs provision in the same regulatory framework as general education; the most common reason given for excluding particular children was severity of disability. Much remains to be done and there is no room for complacency. Many countries face fiscal and personnel constraints, and maintaining let alone increasing existing investment in special educational provision will not be easy. A word of caution : even where resources are not the central issue, the pressures created by the general school reforms taking place in many countries may reduce the priority given to speical educational provision. However, progress has been made, despite the many difficulties.

Let's teach about AIDS : communication in AIDS education

LAVER, S
1992

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Ideas and practical activities around HIV/AIDS communication, emphasizing the need to listen, encourage and share, and to build on what people already know. One in a series of six booklets developed in southern Africa for use by AIDS educators, describing participatory learning exercises that can be used with adults and young people. Other booklets in this series cover a range of issues, including drama, AIDS education and evaluation

Enabling education network (EENET)

EENET

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This extensive website focusing on inclusive education is regularly updated, primarily with publications written by people working and living in the South. The website’s resources database covers a wide range of themes including: action research and image-based methodologies, early childhood, emergencies, deafness, gender, parents, policy, teacher education, among others. The website also contains EENET’s newsletters, plus event and job vacancy announcements.
The website is also available from EENET as a CD-ROM

ADAPT - Knowledge Management Centre

ADAPT (formally SPASTICS SOCIETY OF INDIA)

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The Knowledge Management Centre, an ADAPT Oracle Project, was conceptualized by Dr. Mithu Alur with Mr. K. Harish. Its purpose was to use the knowledge gleaned over forty years and the experiences gained through the up scaling of the first model she set up, to create digitalization of content which is easy to understand, accessible and interactive

HIV/AIDS impact on education clearinghouse

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The clearinghouse contains reports, studies, policy and strategy documents relating to the impact of HIV and AIDS on education. It also includes cross-cutting topics such as gender, conflict situations and workplace issues

Planet science

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The aim of the Planet Science website is to encourage children to learn about and become enthused about science. It is organised into eight main sections, each with its own type of visitor in mind and its own content. These are: information, ideas and resources for enhancing the teaching and learning of science; exploring the world of science through activities and experiments; science careers and advice; help for parents with activity ideas and experiments; ideas, information and interactivities for children under-11 years old; games, quizzes and amazing facts; and a library of science resources

Teachers can help everyone learn

THE INTER-AGENCY NETWORK FOR EDUCATION IN EMERGENCIES (INEE)

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This poster highlights the role of teachers in supporting learners with disabilities. It is useful for anyone interested in inclusive education teachers
Note: This poster can be used as a promotional tool for the INEE Pocket Guide to Supporting Learners with Disabilities

An inclusive education guide for professionals

THE ALLIANCE FOR INCLUSIVE EDUCATION

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This guide is based on evidence and learning in terms of what works for the inclusion of disabled children and young people in mainstream education in specific countries. The Guide offers practical advice and information to those professionals already working with disabled children and their families and also to those professionals unfamiliar with this area of work

TOP sportability

YOUTH SPORT TRUST

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TOP Sportsability is a free online resource for schools and offers practical advice to teachers, learning support staff, and other sports practitioners. It consists of video clips and downloadable content showing ideas and strategies around the inclusion of young disabled people in physical activity
Note: Registration is required. Type 'YSTINCLUSION' into the 'Promo' box on the programme's website http://www.topsportsability.com which allows the user to register and create a personal login

Disability awareness

UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN'S FUND (UNICEF)

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This website presents a collection of teacher resources that addresses disability awareness. The units highlight the story of a teenager named Nodira who shares her experience living with a disability. The lesson plans, videos, multimedia and stories in this collection illustrate the challenges of children with disabilities face, as well as how children are being supported

Youth disability advocacy service

YOUTH DISABILITY ADVOCACY SERVICE (YDAS)

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"The Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) is raising voices, expanding choices and creating change for young people with disabilities in Victoria, Australia. YDAS works alongside young people with disabilities between the ages of 12 and 25 to raise awareness of their rights and to support them to achieve what they want." This website gives information about their services, projects and advocacy activities. Links are provided to resources, news and events. This resource is useful for people interested in advocacy services for youth with disabilities in Australia

See the child before the disability

UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN’S FUND (UNICEF)

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This video shows that "children with disabilities and their communities both benefit if society focuses on what those children can achieve, rather than what they cannot"

Lesson corner

LESSON CORNER

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Lesson Corner provides lesson materials which are suitable for all school age groups. The lesson materials cover a wide range of topics including the following: Art & Music, English, Foreign language, Geography, Health, History, Math, Reference, Science and Social studies. Teachers at all levels, including Elementary, Middle, High, College Teachers, can use their services. Newest materials and special features are publicly available, while other lesson materials on the database are available for an annual subscription charge of $19.95

Inclusive teaching, learning and assessment

PLYMOUTH UNIVERSITY

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This online guide to the inclusive education policy of Plymouth University highlights the policies and directives that have been undertaken to ensure that there is a barrier-free access to education for all of its students. This accessible guide presents inclusive learning and teaching to support staff with the continual process of reflection and engagement with what inclusivity means for their subject, school or faculty and their students. It contains research-informed resources, guidance and videos about inclusive teaching and learning

Educator labs

EDUCATOR LABS

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This website presents information and projects from Educator Labs, an education NGO focused on the dissemination of information and knowledge. It aims to assist educators in discovering valuable resources for classroom use and to strengthen connections among the educational web by acting as courier. A ‘resource bank’ contains high quality reference points for educators and students, and the ‘resource packets’ contain information related to topics of interest and desired age groups, such as the arts, social studies and special education

For sensitizing intermediaries on sexual rights of young people with learning disabilities

INTERNATIONAL PLANNED PARENTHOOD FEDERATION EUROPEAN NETWORK

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“This manual has been developed for organizations who wish to educate and sensitize staff, teachers and carers about the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of young people with mild to moderate learning disabilities. Although it mainly focuses on intermediaries that are staff in an institution for young people with learning disabilities, it may well also be appropriate as a programme for the parents and family of young people with learning disabilities. The manual provides a menu of exercises that can be used to sensitize intermediaries on how to create a protective environment for young people with learning disabilities to prevent sexual abuse and violence”

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