Successful integration of students with disabilities in French schoolsby Beatrice Credi - 2016.12.15
At the end of the year, it’s time for “report cards”. The French Ministry of Education should be proud of theirs when it comes to integration of students with disabilities. The figures that were recently published regarding the level of schooling for kids with disabilities, in the last four years, should get high grades. From 2012, in fact, the number of students with handicaps in regular classes, increased as much us 25%. Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the French Minister of Education, highlighted the three areas that she focused on to obtain these results: First. An orientation towards learning that was more inclusive. Second. Improved training and professional development for teachers. Third. Development of methods for facilitating integration of students with disabilities. From programs in French sign language for students with hearing impairment to general orientation sessions for kids with handicaps. Lessons were also converted to digital formats. And for kids with autism, the government documented that 103 didactic units had opened since September 2014.
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