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How Disability-Inclusive is Education in Sri Lanka? A Preliminary Look

Children with disabilities are often excluded from educational opportunities, and are overlooked when it comes to school completion and learning outcomes. Sri Lanka’s latest Population Census indicates that around 2% of children between the ages 5-14 have some form of disability, of which around only three-fourths attend school, compared to the near universal enrollment of other children. The author argues that, despite Sri Lanka’s well-established legislation promoting disability-inclusive education, there are large gaps between policy and practice.

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Sri Lanka’s Invisible Children: The Need for Inclusive Education for Children with Special Needs

This article takes a look at the status of child disabilities in Sri Lanka, and explores barriers to realizing inclusive education and proposes policy recommendations to integrate them into mainstream economy.