Special education today in Mexico

Ismael García-Cedillo, Silvia Romero-Contreras, Todd V. Fletcher

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This chapter is a presentation of Mexico's efforts in advancing inclusive education as a vehicle to provide children with special needs a quality and equitable education. It provides a detailed description of the development, realignment of educational practices, and polices necessary to allow inclusive education to succeed. The chapter begins with the origins of special education in Mexico via four stages. Next, the chapter provides a comprehensive classification of disability and the prevalence rates in Mexico. Then, the chapter delineates legislation and public policy that are essential components in providing a quality and equitable special education system. Next, a comprehensive description of special education intervention models follows along with how these models are incorporated in current teacher preparation endeavors. The chapter concludes with a summary of the progress that Mexico has attained in moving toward inclusive education as well as challenges to inclusive education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-89
Number of pages29
JournalAdvances in Special Education
StatePublished - 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Clinical Psychology


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