Including Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Regular Schools: A Mother’s Perspective

  • Low Hui Min School of Educational Studies, University of Science Malaysia, Penang, Minden 11800, Malaysia
  • Lee Lay Wah School of Educational Studies, University of Science Malaysia, Penang, Minden 11800, Malaysia
Keywords: inclusive education, Autism Spectrum Disorder, attitude, parents

Abstract

Since the implementation of 'Educational Blueprint 2013-2025' and 'Zero Reject Policy' in Malaysia, there are increasingly efforts from the Malaysian Ministry of Education to include students with Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD) into regular mainstream education. A case study investigation was conducted with a mother with two children with different severity levels of ASD. In a semi-structured interview, the mother described her experiences and aspirations of education arrangements for both her children. Through the eyes of a mother, we find a strong belief that children with ASD could learn like others when given adequate opportunities and learning aids. This unique case study offers an archetypical representation of issues and challenges faced by parents of children with ASD in Malaysia, in advocating for inclusive education for their children.

Published
2020-07-09
How to Cite
Low Hui Min, & Lee Lay Wah. (2020). Including Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Regular Schools: A Mother’s Perspective. Social Education Research, 1(2), 130-135. https://doi.org/10.37256/ser.122020268