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Implementation of the UN Convention in Education in Germany from Parents' Viewpoint

Research Stream
  • Prof. Gregor Renner (Catholic Univ of Applied Sciences, Freiburg, Germany)

The convention on the rights of persons with disabilities of the United Nations targets a comprehensive equality and inclusion of persons with disabilities. For education this can interpreted as joint learning of children with and without disabilities and the abolition of special schools. The aim of this study was to assess the view of parents with children with complex communication needs on the implementation of the convention.


A phone survey with 32 parents was conducted, including questions about the child, the attitude towards inclusion and the convention.


Children with complex communication needs are rarely in regular schools in Germany. Parents mostly agree with the idea of inclusion, but express strong reservations ("I cannot imagine this would work for my child"). For inclusion there is a considerable need for change of regular schools. Regular schools have little experience with this target group.


There is a need for: model projects for inclusive eduction in cases of severe and multiple disabilities; accompanying research; instruments for monitoring the assessment of stakeholder views; evaluation of different models of inclusion; and research on inclusion and AAC in other life areas and/or for other articles of the convention.

Level of Session 
Age Group 
Primary school
Secondary school
Special school
Further/Higher Ed.