130626 Systemic review Accessibility to education for PWDs

What are the impacts of approaches to increase the accessibility to education for people with a disability across developed and developing countries and what is known about the cost-effectiveness of different approaches?  A Systemic Review

The aim of this systematic review is to describe the literature evaluating educational initiatives and delivery mechanisms of education for children with disabilities and to identify impact in terms of completion of school, participation and social change. Currently, there are a variety of different methods and approaches being undertaken globally to ensure that children with disabilities can access and attain education, as well as ways to evaluate the outcomes of these approaches. However, to date there has been very little evidence produced to demonstrate the most effective approach (or the most cost-effective), in particular comparing different approaches in high-, medium- and low-income countries (‘developed’ and ‘developing’ countries). This review is an attempt to systematically gather this evidence.

Potential users of this study include policy makers who aim to deepen and strengthen their programmes and funding. This study presents a picture of the types of evidence that exist, but also identifies avenues for further analysis that can be pursued according to the priorities of various stakeholders. This study can
also be used by researchers working in the field of education for children with disabilities and/or impact evaluations, for example to assist practitioners in determining the impact of their interventions. Finally, it is hoped that the review may also provide information to parents of children with disabilities and the
children themselves.