Inclusion of persons with disabilities in Singapore: an evolutionary perspective

Authored by: Levan Lim , Thana Thaver

Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Development in Asia

Print publication date:  June  2018
Online publication date:  May  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138182189
eBook ISBN: 9781351008204
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781351008204-18

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Abstract

Levan Lim and Thana Thaver next write on the “Inclusion of persons with disabilities in Singapore.” Drs. Lim and Thaver show that although Singapore aspires to be an inclusive society, it struggles to explicitly address inclusive education as a significant agenda within its mainstream education initiatives and reforms. Singaporean schools often fail to sufficiently support students with special needs, with mainstream schools remaining separate from special education. This has had the effect of reinforcing societal prejudice against people with disabilities. In this chapter, Lim and Thaver provide a situated and contextual understanding of the evolution of Singapore’s current attitudes and systemic structures regarding the construction and treatment of disability within society.

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