Are decisions on government level to promote inclusive education based on objective and fair procedures, and on a dialogue in which all parties can debate all available options, including young people with disabilities themselves?
Many experts believe that only an ongoing procedure that includes all persons with disabilities including self-representatives can achieve progress towards inclusive education. Especially civil society and persons with all disabilities have to be included in the process.
“The subject of inclusive education is very much discussed at the civil society” (Popova, Ukraine) and “Inclusive education is promoted by disability organizations and Bridge of Hope NGO is the key promoter and advocate of inclusive education in Armenia” (Tadevosyan, Armenia) – according to these and other respondents the initiative to discuss and have an active dialogue on inclusive education with all stakeholders involved is mainly taken by DPOs and civil society, not so much from government’s side (Senegal, Malawi, Belize, Ukraine, Armenia). In Moldova “there is a National Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which address issues of inclusive education”. 29 percent of respondents stated that a dialogue does not exist and there seems not to be an open and ongoing procedure to include persons with disabilities towards an inclusive mainstream education system. 24 percents of experts positively replied – dialogue with civil society and DPOs exists and is actively encouraged.