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Singaporeans support inclusion but do not practise it, according to survey

SINGAPORE - Singaporeans support the idea of inclusion but do not walk the talk, a survey has found. While most people believe that children with and without disabilities can study together, only half of parents polled are comfortable with having a child with special needs sitting next to their own child in class. Furthermore, only one in 10 Singaporeans are confident of interacting with children with special needs. These are some of the findings of a survey, commissioned by local philanthropic house Lien Foundation, which asked more than 1,000 people for their experience of inclusion in daily life and early education. The findings - revealed at a press conference on Monday (May 30) - suggest that Singaporeans are more tolerant rather than accepting towards those with special needs, said Mr Ng Tze Yong, programme manager at Lien Foundation. "Singaporeans embrace the idea o...

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