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Educational equity for individuals with disabilities

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Educational equity means that everyone – all individuals – have opportunities to achieve their full potential. Educational equity is about fairness. Social justice, equity, respect and dignity are basic rights for all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, culture, religion, age and economic level. Most countries view education as the key to improvements in quality of life for their citizens and as a prerequisite for meaningful participation in economic and social activities. According to the United Nations (UN), all individuals are entitled to quality education and training (retrieved 20 March 2009 from http://portal.unesco.org/education). Education is especially important for individuals with disabilities who, for a variety of reasons, do not have opportunities to improve the quality of their lives, be educated and improve their economic level.

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