USAID: Disability-Inclusive Pre-Primary Education White Paper


This White Paper is designed for donors, education practitioners, and governments, and uses the evidence base from high-income countries to show how disability-inclusive PPE programming can be realized internationally, with examples of existing promising practice from low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). These promising practices were obtained through a comprehensive landscape as well as global and regional ideation events with experts in disability and PPE. The White Paper also provides background on the status of disability-inclusive PPE worldwide and principles of disability-inclusive PPE that should apply to all programs. Recommended practices are categorized into the following evidence-based core practices: leadership, assessment and identification, environment, families/caregivers, instruction, interactions, teaming, collaboration and training, and transition. These areas of intervention were established by the Council for Exceptional Children’s (CEC) Division for Early Childhood (DEC) in 2014 and were selected by technical experts to ensure they address the priority areas related to early childhood development (ECD) and learners with disabilities. Finally, the White Paper pulls together the various recommendations for the different categories that should be considered by donors and other education stakeholders.

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Key Area
pre-primary education
children with disabilities


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