PERCEPTIONS OF DISABILITY AND ACCESS TO INCLUSIVE EDUCATION IN WEST AFRICA: A COMPARATIVE CASE STUDY IN DAKAR, SENEGAL
Educating students with disabilities in an inclusive general education setting has been shown to increase academic achievement, increase peer acceptance, increase self-esteem, create a richer friendship network, and have positive lifetime benefits (higher salaried jobs, independent living). In addition, inclusion can have benefits for students without disabilities. The West African nation of Senegal has pledged to increase inclusive education for students with disabilities by 2015. Issues that affect inclusive education for all in Senegal are access to schooling, community and societal perceptions of individuals with disabilities, poverty, and teacher training and pedagogy. To increase inclusive education for all in Senegal the country must increase access to schooling through physical accessibility and decentralization, create community awareness campaigns that increase knowledge of disabilities, and develop teacher training that fosters a student-centered pedagogy. ...
Keywords:west africa, inclusive education
Volume 29, Number: 3, Year 2014 of International Journal of Special Education