Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Helping Hands: Personal Assistance for Children with Special Health Needs in Regular Schools

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Helping Hands: Personal Assistance for Children with Special Health Needs in Regular Schools

Article excerpt

Israel's Mandatory Education Law obligates all parents to send their children from age 5 years to school. The state, for its part, is required to provide educational institutions that accommodate all children, regardless of their needs. Since the law was enacted, the concepts of participation and mainstreaming have become criteria by which we evaluate society's fulfillment of its responsibilities towards children with special needs. Providing for the needs of children with chronic illness during school hours is necessary to enable them to attend school safely.

We describe Israel's program of personal assistance to children with special health needs attending regular schools. The program which began 10 years ago initially provided assistance to children requiring invasive nursing procedures such as gastrostomy feedings, intermittent catheterization and tracheostomy suctioning during school hours. In the last three years this program has been expanded to provide supervision of very young, recently diagnosed juvenile diabetics, who are nohave become the largest group receiving assistance. …

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