INFANTILISING YOUTH: A STUDY OF DISABILITY POLICY IN VICTORIA

Year: 1993

Author: Marks, GenŽe

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Abstract:
Despite the stated intention of various policies, young people with disabilities are frequently infantilised by the discourses, organisations and practices that operate in Victoria. This paper focuses specifically on the policy of integrating students with disabilities into regular schools, but in order to contextualise the discussion, the observations made are also related to the changing nature of enrolments in segregated settings. In particular, this paper presents an examination of the paradigmatic shifts that have occurred in the way students with disabilities are constructed by educational policy over the last decade in Victoria. Reference will be made to the various policy documents, from Integration in Victorian Education (1984), to the Cullen and Brown (1992) evaluation, Integration and Special Education in Victorian Schools: A Program Effectiveness Review, and recommendations for the future will be suggested.

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