Inclusion of children with disabilities in education – Indonesia

Collaborative action across health and education sectors for inclusion of children with disabilities in education: Establishing a policy vision and research agenda in Yogyakarta, Indonesia


A combined Policy and Action Research workshop for inclusion of children with disabilities in education was held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia from 13 – 19 January 2016. The workshop was supported through collaboration between Yogyakarta State University, Indonesia and the University of Sydney, Australia.

The combined Policy and Action Research workshop brought together key stakeholders from the education and health sectors including policy decision makers, administrators, parents, students, educators, and related service providers to articulate a shared vision for the inclusion of children with disability at school and develop a research action plan.

This workshop was planned in collaboration with institutional partners who have decision-making authority about how to support inclusive education including: the National-level Ministry of Education and Culture – Special Education Directorate, the Departments of Health and Education in Yogyakarta, and educational administrators from the Department of Education.

Publications

indonesia inclusive education policy bulletin cover

Policy Bulletin 1, 2016 – English – Executive Summary and full policy brief
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Download English Version Word

Policy Bulletin 2, 2016 – Indonesian – Executive Summary
Download Indonesian Version PDF
Download Indonesian Version Word


SSEAC Yearbook Cover

SSEAC Yearbook Cover


2016 SSEAC YEARBOOK

The CDRP Project Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Education, Indonesia has been featured in the 2016 Sydney Southeast Asia Centre (SSEAC) yearbook (Page 10) The yearbook can be downloaded here

Funding

This project received funding from the Sydney South East Asia Centre (SSEAC), University of Sydney Support was also provided by Prof. Dr. Rochmat Wahab, M.Pd., M.A. Rektor, Yogyakarta State University.

Investigator Team

This collaborative action research project aims to impact policy, research, and practice. It is co-led by an investigator team from two faculties at the University of Sydney:

  • The Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Michelle Villeneuve, Project Lead
  • Dr. Michael Millington
  • The Faculty of Education and Social Work
  • Associate Prof. David Evans, Project co-lead
  • Ms. Elga Andriana
  • Dr. Michelle Bonati
  • Dr. Cathy Little

Institutional Support from Partners in Indonesia

Institutional partners include the National-level Ministry of Education and Culture – Special Education Directorate, the Departments of Health and Education in Yogyakarta, academic researchers in both health and education, and educational administrators from the Department of Education. These institutional partners have decision-making authority about how to support inclusive education and they will engage with researchers to develop policy from what is learned. They have been engaged in consultation about how this research will be implemented and have provided formal letters of support. Institutional partners include:

  • Sri Wahyuningsih, Director, the Directorate of Special Education and Service, Ministry of Education and Culture, Indonesian Government
  • Dr Fita Yulia Kisworini, M.Kes, the Head of Health Department-Yogyakarta City
  • Sugeng Mulyosubono, Inclusive School Forum, Department of Education, Yogyakarta Province
  • Sukinah, M.Pd, Special Education, Faculty of Education, Yogyakarta State University
  • Dr. Haryanto, Dean of Faculty of Education and Dr Mumpuniarti, Head of Special Education, Yogyakarta State University
  • Prof Soenarto, Director at the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Faculty of Medicine, Gadjah Mada University
  • Dr Gamayanti, Tumbuh Kembang Clinic, Pediatric Unit, Faculty of Medicine, Gadjah Mada University
  • KPH Wironegoro, MSc, Centre for Inclusive Education,Yayasan Edukasi Anak Nusantara (YEAN)

This action research also has the support of administrative leaders from seven schools. Five of these are inclusive schools (2 private and 3 state) and two are special schools serving students with disabilities. Collectively these schools are representative of the range of options for education of students with disabilities in Indonesia. All have agreed to participate in this research project. These schools include:

  • Sekolah Tumbuh, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Sekolah MySchool, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • SDN Giwangan
  • SDN Bangunrejo 2
  • SDN Karanganyar
  • SLB Negeri 1 Bantul (Special School, Yogyakarta)
  • Happy Angela Centre, (Special School, Surabaya, Indonesia

*Participation of the Happy Angela Centre in Surabaya will support and enable expansion of policy and research initiatives on collaborating for inclusive education outside of Yogyakarta.