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Education White Paper 6: Special Needs Education - Building an inclusive education and training system

Department of Education, Republic of South Africa Country Resources Child and Youth Disability policies/plans/legislations and service standards disability, Disability Policies South Africa 26 July 2001 Policy document child and adolescent

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Education White Paper 6: Special Needs Education
Building an inclusive education and training system

This White Paper aims to:
• Systematically move away from using segregation according to categories of disabilities as an organising principle for institutions
• Base the provision of education for learners with disabilities on the intensity of support needed to overcome the debilitating impact of those disabilities
• Place an emphasis on supporting learners through full-service schools that will have a bias towards particular disabilities depending on need and support
• Direct how the initial facilities will be set up and how the additional resources required will be accessed
• Indicate how learners with disability will be identified, assessed and incorporated into special, full-service and ordinary schools in an incremental manner
• Introduce strategies and interventions that will assist educators to cope with a diversity of learning and teaching needs to ensure transitory learning difficulties are ameliorated.
• Give direction for the Education Support System needed

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