Sightsavers Reports

The inclusion champions’ handbook

October 2017

Schools are really important.

They help children feel they belong to the community. They provide opportunities for children to develop skills that can lead to jobs and improve the life chances of all children. There are barriers in schools that are hard for children with disabilities to overcome.

These barriers may be to do with the school buildings, with negative attitudes towards disability or with rules and ways of doing things that make it hard for children with disabilities to succeed. We will be looking at some of these issues in later chapters of this handbook, but let’s begin by thinking about how you can change your teaching to make it more inclusive.

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