This map tells us whether countries make education accessible to children with disabilities by providing inclusive special education through a public school system.
More on this variable:
- In defining the term “children with disabilities” some countries refer to persons with physical disabilities, some refer to persons with mental health conditions or intellectual disabilities, and some discuss persons with disabilities in general. For the purposes of our map the term “children with disabilities” captures all of these definitions.
- No public special education means children with disabilities receive no additional support to meet their needs within the public school system. NGOs and other organizations may provide some support for children with disabilities outside the public system.
- Low level of integration means that children with disabilities are sent to separate schools within the same public school system.
- At least medium degree of integration means that children with disabilities may attend the same schools as other students, but not necessarily the same classrooms.
- High degree of integration means that children with disabilities are able to be taught within the same classroom as other students.
- A public school system is a school system that is government-provided and accessible to the general public.