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Steve Haines and David Ruebain

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847423375

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847423375.001.0001

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From SEN to Sen: could the ‘capabilities’ approach transform the educational opportunities of disabled children?

From SEN to Sen: could the ‘capabilities’ approach transform the educational opportunities of disabled children?

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Education, disability and social policy
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Neil Crowther

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847423375.003.0003

This chapter presents an argument which states that the capabilities approach, which was advanced by Amartya Sen, offers a fruitful practical and political way in making the human right to education a reality. It includes a discussion of an inclusive notion of inclusion, and discusses the UK's wish to be ratified with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The chapter also looks at the dominance of ‘special educational needs’ and employing a ‘capabilities approach’ to promote the human rights of disabled children, among others.

Keywords:   capabilities approach, Amartya Sen, ratification, Persons with Disabilities, special educational needs, disabled children, human rights

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