Parents’ Perspectives on Special Education Services in Sri Lanka — Presentation

Muttiah, N., Drager, K., and O’Connor, L. (November 16, 2012). Parents’ Perspectives on Special Education Services in Sri Lanka. Poster Session at ASHA in Atlanta, GA. [Handout].

This study was intended to provide information on special education services in three provinces of Sri Lanka. It sought to answer the following: (a) Who are the children receiving special education services? (b) Who are the parents of the children receiving special education services? (c) What are the current special education practices? (d) Are there differences between the provinces with regard to educational supports, practices and parents’ views?

Sixty-seven parents participated from the Western, Southern and Northern provinces in Sri Lanka. Key implications from the study were, special education services need to expand to include older school-age children and children with severe needs. This study also identified a need for Speech and Language Therapists to work in schools. Further investigation needs to be conducted to examine the benefits and challenges of implementing inclusive education in developing countries.

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