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Autonomy, rights and children with special educational needs: the distinctiveness of Wales

By: Ware, Jean.
Series: International Journal of Inclusive Education 23 (5) May 2019: 507-518. 2019Subject(s): INCLUSIVE EDUCATION | CHILDREN | CHILDRENS RIGHTS | DISABILITY | SEVERE PROFOUND AND MULTIPLE DISABILITIES | WALES | LEGISLATION | WELSH LANGUAGEOnline resources: Click to read article online IHC Library Members Summary: Wales was the first UK country to incorporate the UNCRC into domestic law and the first to appoint a children’s commissioner. Wales is distinctive in the strong links between education and the promotion of the Welsh language as evidenced in successive Welsh language strategies. With regard to children with special educational needs, the 2018 Additional Learning Needs and Educational Tribunal Act makes provision for children’s voices to be heard in their own right. This paper examines the complexities in hearing the voices of children with severe and profound learning difficulties (SPMLD), and how these can be addressed in the language context of Wales.
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Wales was the first UK country to incorporate the UNCRC into domestic law and the first to appoint a children’s commissioner. Wales is distinctive in the strong links between education and the promotion of the Welsh language as evidenced in successive Welsh language strategies. With regard to children with special educational needs, the 2018 Additional Learning Needs and Educational Tribunal Act makes provision for children’s voices to be heard in their own right. This paper examines the complexities in hearing the voices of children with severe and profound learning difficulties (SPMLD), and how these can be addressed in the language context of Wales.

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