SUPPORT SERVICES FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES AND THEIR FAMILIES FOR BETTER EDUCATIONAL INCLUSION

  • Gorica Popovska Nalevska International Slavic University „Gavrilo Romanovic Derzhavin“ Faculty of Psychology, St. Nikole – Bitola, North Macedonia

Abstract

Quality of life is a multidimensional concept that requires a description of several life domains and their interdependence. Particular importance for the reform process in the education of children with disabilities is the process of educational inclusion of children with disabilities in regular educational system. Educational inclusion doesn't only mean physical accommodation of children with disabilities in the basic school system, it also means inclusion in the work and life of the school. While developing the inclusion process is important, it is also important to develop adequate services that will provide team-approach in resolving problems in the basic public school system. The main goal of this research is to identify support services for children with disabilities and their families that lead to an increase in the quality of educational inclusion. The research was carried out using a questionnaire for parents of children with different disabilities for the services that are most needed for their children in the inclusive educational process. Results of the research showed that most children with disabilities don't sufficiently exercise their rights in education and they need appropriate support services. Changing inclusive education requires multi-level reforms of the system as well as a wide range of factors and services needed: providing physical access to schools, educational / personal assistant for the student with a disability, continuing teacher education, but also education and systems for support of parents as well.

Downloads

Download data is not yet available.

References

Dunst, C.J., Trivette, C. M., Hamby, D.W. (2006). Family support program quality and parent, family and child benefits.Asheville, NC:Winterberry Press.
Dunst, C.J., Trivette, C.M., Hamby, D.W.(2007). Meta-analysis of family-centered helpgiving practices research. Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities ResearchReviews, 13, 370–378.
Hughes, R. (1999). An investigation of coping skills of parents of children with disabilities. Education and Training in Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, 34, 271-380.
Ministry of Education and Science. (2019). Zakon za osnovno obrazovanie[Law for elementary education], Skopje: Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of North Macedonia. Retrieved from
http://mon.gov.mk/images/documents/zakoni/zakon-za-osnovno-20155.pdf
Ministry of Social Work and Policy. (2018). Законот за заштита на децата на РМ [Law on Child Protection in the Republic of Macedonia]. Skopje: Republic of North Macedonia. Retrieved from
http://www.mtsp.gov.mk/content/pdf/zakoni/2018/198%202018%20ZAKON%20ZA%20ZASTITA%20NA%20DECATA%20%20%D0%BA%D0%BE%D0%BD%D1%81%D0%BE%D0%BB%D0%B8%D0%B4%D0%B8%D1%80%D0%B0%D0%BD%20%D1%82%D0%B5%D0%BA%D1%81%D1%82-converted.pdf0_1.1.pdf
Ministry of Social Work and Policy. Национална стратегија за изедначување на правата на лицата со попреченост 2010 – 2018 [National Strategy for Equal Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2010 – 2018]Skopje: Republic of North Macedonia. Retrieved from
http://mtsp.gov.mk/WBStorage/Files/FINALNA%20Revidirana%20Nacionalna%20Strategija.pdf
Ombudsman of Republic of Macedonia. (2016). Kon inkluzivno obrazovanie[Towards inclusive education]. Skopje: UNICEF. Retrieved from
https://www.unicef.org/tfyrmacedonia/macedonian/resources.html
Popovska Nalevska, G. Popovski, F. (2019). The barriers of educational inclusion of children with disabilities in the elementary education in the Republic of Macedonia,International Journal of Research Studies in Education, vol 8.
Racino, J. (1999). Policy, Program Evaluatuon and Research in Disability: Community Suport for All. Binghamton, NY: The Haworth Press.
Samuel, P.S., Rillotta, F., Brown, I. (2012). The development of family quality of life concepts and measures. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 56, 1–16.
Turnbull, H.R., Beegle, G., Stowe, M.J.(2001). The core concepts of disability policy affecting families who have children with disabilities. Journal of Disability Policy Studies 12, 133–143.
Published
2019-12-15
How to Cite
POPOVSKA NALEVSKA, Gorica. SUPPORT SERVICES FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES AND THEIR FAMILIES FOR BETTER EDUCATIONAL INCLUSION. International Journal of Education TEACHER, [S.l.], v. 9, n. 18, p. 28-34, dec. 2019. ISSN 1857-8888. Available at: <https://ijeteacher.com/index.php/ijeteach/article/view/100>. Date accessed: 18 feb. 2020. doi: https://doi.org/10.20544/teacher.18.03.