Illusion or Inclusion? Living an ‘ ordinary ’ life for children with disabilities. Professor Monica Dowling , Faculty of Health and Social Care The Open University, UK. Two Qualitative Studies.
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Professor Monica Dowling,
Faculty of Health and Social Care
The Open University, UK
Theoriesof Social exclusion
‘Policy makers want to close down special schools, but soon they will realise that inclusion does not work and they will need to rebuild special schools again’ (teacher, special school Bulgaria)
Professionals andsocial care workersin special schools and residential institutions are often left out of inclusion initiatives
Professionals in B&H and Bulgaria doubted if inclusion is for all children
Where are the specialists for inclusion in special and integrated schools and residential institutions?
Influence of the EU inclusion agenda
Professor Monica DowlingProfessor of Social Work , The Open UniversityMonica.Dowling@open.ac.ukDr MajdaBecirevicResearcher, The Open University ,Faculty of Health and Social CareThe Open UniversityWalton HallMilton KeynesMK7 6AA