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Madhumita Puri and George Abraham (eds.). Handbook of Inclusive Education for Educators, Administrators, and Planners: Within Walls, Without Boundaries. New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2004. 309 pages. Paperback. Indian Rs 450.00.
The book is a manual aimed at educators, administrators, and planners involved in dealing with disabled children. Although education is considered to be a basic human right, yet according to UNICEF some 113 million children have no access to education. For disabled children, “only 1 in every 50 children with disability has access to education” (p. 18). The manual has been organised in three parts. Part I is basically a bird’s eye view of Inclusive Education. The term is defined on page 25 of the book in the following words: “Inclusive education is concerned with removing all barriers to learning, and with the participation of all learners vulnerable to exclusion and marginalisation. It is a strategic approach designed to facilitate learning success for all children. It addresses the common goals of decreasing and overcoming all exclusion from the human right to education, at least at the elementary level, and enhancing access, participation, and learning success in quality basic education for all”.1