Saturday , March 6 2021

06.30 – Flemish elementary school convicted of dismissing a disabled child

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Last week, the court passed a complaint filed by a disabled child who was separated from the general education elementary school, despite the Flemish legislation on inclusive education. Trisomiku Maxima integrated her school in the province from Antwerp's kindergarten but was excluded from Primary 2, no teacher would want to take her in the classroom, management rejected his requests for reasonable accommodation, but this was foreseen in the Flemish legislation. Then parents were asked to focus on specialized education to take their son. Unia supported, they went to court. It has just granted its complaint. According to a verdict issued last week, the school did not show how Maxima's parents requested accommodations were unreasonable and what opportunities could be introduced to him. It was too focused on the problems faced by parents and insufficient student interests and rights. "This judgment is unprecedented," says Patrick Charlie, director of Unia. "This is the first time that the judge has clearly stated that the school can not unilaterally decide to refuse a student with a disability." "This is an important reminder, because today this situation is still happening on a regular basis." According to the study, parents with children with disabilities should contact average five schools before finding someone who agrees to register their child. Some parents are faced with 19 schools, "said Patrick Charlier (Belga)

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