I was interested to read that Queensland Liberal Senator Sue Boyce has called for special schools to be abolished and children with disabilities integrated into mainstream schools.
“In terms of education, it’s my personal view that we won’t fix education until we abolish special schools,” Senator Boyce said. “If mainstream schools had no option but to accept children with disabilities, they would concentrate on how to make it work, not how to avoid getting involved.
Sue Boyce has a history of involvement with disability issues, especially Down Syndrome, prior to entering the Senate last year. I can see the arguments on both sides of this issue, but these days I lean very much to her view, unless there are compelling reasons to do otherwise in a specific instance. Separating out children with disabilities runs a major of reinforcing and compounding the disability, and the social isolation and lack of understanding and awareness from the wider society which goes with it.