Significant developments towards implementing inclusive education in Victoria have been influenced by a number of policy initiatives that include the Ministerial Report of Educational Services for the DisabledThe Cullen-Brown Report and more recently the Blueprint for Government schools in Victoria Factors that influence employer decisions in hiring and retaining an employee with a disability.
Whether motivated by negative or positive attitudes, such actions result in the exclusion of people with disabilities from the same places, opportunities and social groupings as other members of the community.
According to the U. In Australia, the philosophy of inclusive education has followed international trends, with the continent accepting the challenge to educate all students in mainstream settings in an equitable manner Forlin They should ensure that the education of persons with disabilities is an integral part of the educational system".
The WGs were comprised of women only whose membership was voluntary. The representative from Pambazuko was well known to the community groups. Many people lack awareness of certain disabilities, because the media may be their only source of information.
Aillo, B. Informed consent was recorded for each group member on a prepared form by participant signature or thumbprint.
In order to capture the popular stories in a community, the bringing of people together in a focus group discussion was considered a suitable approach; one that would support review of individual contributions and invite shared recognition of the familiar explanations for disability within the community.
Whilst parental understanding of disability was found to be more closely aligned to a social model when given closed response choices, open-ended questions triggered a response based on the most immediate mental representation [ 17 ].
Local beliefs attributed disability to: human transgression of social conventions, particularly concerning inappropriate family relations, which invoked a curse; supernatural forces affecting the child; the will of God; unexplained events; and biomedical factors.