A Summary of the Evidence on Inclusive Education

Released in 2017, a summary of the research evidence within a rights based framework and also, some interesting research around inclusion for students with Down Syndrome.
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YouthLaw report

In September 2016 YouthLaw released a report into special education support in schools. YouthLaw urges the Government to make comprehensive changes to the structure, funding and accountability of the special education sector.

YouthLaw Tino Rangatiratanga Taitamariki is a free community law centre for children and young people across New Zealand. They provide free legal services to anyone aged under 25 who are unable to access legal help elsewhere, or those acting on their behalf.
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YouthLaw report ‘Challenging the Barriers’ (PDF)»

Inspirational video on Inclusive Education “DON’T LIMIT ME” (YouTube)

Megan Bomgaars is a Denver youth with Down syndrome. Megan’s video is a powerful message and rallying cry for everyone.

Megan’s message “DON’T LIMIT ME!” applies not only to those with Down syndrome, and not only to students with challenges, but to all kids and all adults.


Article: Inclusive education for individuals with Down syndrome | Inclusion in education – the benefits and keys to success (PDF)
Changes over the past thirty years have brought access to education for children with special needs. In recent years, there has been slow but steady development of inclusive education for children with Down syndrome.

With supportive legislation to help schools provide the resources necessary to meet special educational needs, more children are being educated in their local school settings. Research indicates that appropriate education provided in inclusive settings offers the best opportunities for children with Down syndrome.

Report: Good Practice Guidelines for Education for Children and Young People with Down Syndrome (PDF)
This report summarises information about the specific learning needs of children with Down syndrome and sets out principles for effective education practice.

Article: Training phoneme blending skills in children with Down syndrome (PDF)
This article from Down Syndrome Education International (DSE) is about supporting your child’s reading progress. The article reports the evaluation of a 6 week programme of teaching designed to support the development of phoneme blending skills in children with Down syndrome. DSE have a lot of great information specific to students with Down syndrome.