TEDI 4 Week 1 - Asserting the right to education (Part 1)

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2019-06-01

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In this video, Tessa Wood, the director of the Western Cape Forum for Intellectual Disability, discusses the foundational work conducted by the Forum and its related support networks in advocating for and supporting the education of children with intellectual disabilities. She talks about the history of centres, organisations and networks that provided care for children with intellectual disabilities prior to the formation of the Forum, and how they cooperated to advocate for education for all children as per the South African Constitution. She discusses the long process of advocacy, negotiation and protest action undertaken by the Forum and how these resulted in legal action once all other opportunities for engagement had failed. She discusses the success of the legal action and how the current system for the education of children with disabilities has improved the educational and care landscape in both the Western Province and in the country at large.
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