SPECIAL EDUCATION TODAY IN TURKEY


Melekoglu M. A.

SPECIAL EDUCATION INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES: PRACTICES ACROSS THE GLOBE, vol.28, pp.529-557, 2014 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 28
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1108/s0270-401320140000028024
  • Title of Journal : SPECIAL EDUCATION INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES: PRACTICES ACROSS THE GLOBE
  • Page Numbers: pp.529-557

Abstract

As a result of human right movements, the importance of special needs of individuals with disabilities has become more prominent in many countries in the world. Hence, endeavors of people with disabilities, their family members, and advocates to seek accessible communities and equal opportunities for education, as well as, job placement have been widely accepted as human rights for individuals with disabilities. Consequently, establishing barrier-free environments and inclusive societies for people with disabilities have become important indicators of social development of countries. Besides, since education is considered as a fundamental human right, the importance of providing special education for children with disabilities has been recently realized by many nations (United Nations. (2006). World programme of action concerning disabled persons. New York, NY: United Nations). Turkey is one of those countries that have quite recently started to invest in special education services for its citizens with disabilities. This chapter focuses on the development, as well as the current state of special education in Turkey. Included in this development are the following sections: origins of Turkish special education, prevalence and incident rates, trends in laws and regulations, educational interventions, working with families, teacher preparation, progress that has been made, and special education challenges that exist.