Much Needs To Be Done For Students To Feel Included, Survey
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
December 11, 2002
NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND--Twelve-year-old Craig McCarthy has had to travel to a school 12 miles away every day for the past three years because his home town school is not accessible to him and his wheelchair. Next year, he will be bussed eight miles away because the local high school is not accessible either.
This means he will be separated from his friends that do not use wheelchairs.
Craig is one of a large number of children with disabilities who feel left out, despite new laws guaranteeing an inclusive education, according to a study released this week by the Disability Rights Commission (DRC).
The survey found that one in four students with disabilities felt discriminated against at school. Forty-one percent said they felt left out at school. More than one-third said they had been bullied -- some by teachers.
"The research shows there is still much to do to ensure equality of opportunity for young disabled people who now have new rights to prevent discrimination in education," said DRC chairman Bert Massie.
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Times are tough in battle for equality (Newcastle Journal)