Special Education in Sri Lanka: A snapshot of three provinces

Nimisha Muttiah, Kathryn D.R. Drager, Lindsay O'Connor


This study discusses special education services across three provinces of Sri Lanka. It sought to answer the following research questions: (a) who are the children receiving special education services? (b) what are the current special education practices? (c) what are parents' views on communication supports, inclusion and literacy? Sixty-seven parents from the Western, Southern and Northern provinces participated in an in-person survey interview. The results indicated no children older than 14 years and very few children with severe needs received school services. This study identified some key implications including a need for Speech and Language Therapists to work in schools. It also discusses the benefits and challenges of implementing inclusive education in low- and middle-income (LAMI) countries.


special education; low- and middle-income countries (LAMI); parents' perspectives; inclusive education; Sri Lanka

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18061/dsq.v36i2.4388

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