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Parents of special-needs kids face hard reality of inclusive education dream

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Jakarta   /   Mon, December 30, 2019   /  11:11 am
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Raising children with autism already comes with its heavy burden of challenges. The process of coming to terms with the child's condition as well as finding the right care to assist the child’s development is a big undertaking for any parent. The challenges grow if schools fail to provide an inclusive education and a safe environment where children’s needs are catered for and where they are protected from bullying.  Adelia Putri, a 38-year-old homemaker living in Depok, West Java, recounted how her child’s homeroom teacher refused to teach her son who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). She eventually opted for homeschooling after enrolling her son in a public school for his first year of elementary school.  “The teacher said, ‘I can’t handle your kid. Even if I promote your son to grade two, I do not want to be ...