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Israel Special Education Law 1988

According to this law, the purpose of special education is to advance and develop the abilities and the of disabled children, to correct and improve their physical, mental, psychological & behavioral performance, to convey knowledge, skills, habits & social behavior for the purpose of becoming part of society.

The Law provides special education for individuals between the ages of 3 to 21. An educational systematic teaching learning & treatments which include physiotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and other treatments as they may be defined.

On 13.11.2002 the Legislator accepted an additional clause "The Law of Inclusion" to the special education law 1988: The right of every child from the special education system, to study in the regular education system and to receive all the necessary rehabilitative services.

There are approximately 1.5 million students in elementary, middle and high schools in Israel. In 2004 there were 231 special education schools, catering for about 18,122 students and 800 special education kindergarten catering for about 6,338 students. There are about 19,995 special education students studying in the regular schools system. Out of the total number of school students, 7.5% receive special education services within the regular school. 1.2% among them are with moderate disabilities, either physic sensory or mental. The remaining 6% are mostly students with learning disabilities.


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