Jordan’s first autism conference offers recommendations on education reform

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Only 339 students with autism are currently integrated into public schools, according to data from the Ministry of Education. (File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/JNews)
AMMAN — Experts called on the Ministry of Education to provide early intervention programs for children with disabilities in kindergartens within an inclusive environment alongside their peers. They also emphasized the need to integrate students with autism into the general education system in Jordan, according to Al-Ghad News.اضافة اعلان

These recommendations came out of the Kingdom’s first conference on autism, entitled “Towards friendly and inclusive communities for people on the spectrum”, which concluded last week and coincided with the World Autism Awareness Day, which falls on the second of April every year.

Ministry of Education figures show that only 339 students with autism are currently integrated into public schools. Out of a total of 2 million students, 25,000 students with various disabilities are integrated into schools overseen by the ministry.

The Rights of Persons With Disabilities Act requires the Ministry of Education, in coordination with the Higher Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, to prepare a comprehensive 10-year national plan to address the right to inclusive education for persons with disabilities, through the training of teaching staff, the harmonization of curriculum in accessible formats, and the development of accessible school buildings and facilities, with a view to achieving a system of education that accommodates the diversity and varied learning needs of Jordan’s student population.

Figures issued by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Social Development indicate that the number of school age individuals with disabilities is approximately 27,000, a proportion not exceeding 1.9 percent of the total number of students enrolled in school, while the proportion of persons with disabilities in Jordan is about 11.2 percent of the total population.

According to the higher council, around 92 percent of disabled children are currently not integrated into the education system and thus are not receiving a comprehensive education.

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