Equity and Inclusion for Persons with Disabilities

Knowing that every Filipino has the right to an education, former President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed legislation requiring all schools nationwide to provide inclusive education for students with disabilities. Duterte signed Republic Act (RA) 11650 also known as Instituting a Policy of Inclusion and Services for Learners with Disabilities which states that no learner shall be denied admission based on their disability.

The goal of fairness and inclusion in education has attracted significant attention in the Philippines, as it has in many other regions of the world. Providing equitable access to quality education to persons with disabilities (PWDs) is not only an issue of social justice, but also a way to empower and enable every individual to attain their full potential.

Persons with impairments face a number of challenges, including accessibility, limited resources, negative attitudes, and inadequate training. Some schools in the country have Special Education Centers that offer students with disabilities individualized help and resources. There are other non-governmental organizations (NGOs), advocacy groups, and disability rights organizations that have helped to raise awareness about the necessity of inclusive education. 

Creating fair and inclusive educational environments for people with disabilities is a complicated task that necessitates the involvement of many stakeholders, including policymakers, educators, parents, and members of the broader community. Despite ongoing problems, the Philippines is making progress toward a more equitable education system. The nation can ensure that every student, regardless of aptitude, has the opportunity to prosper academically and contribute meaningfully to society by embracing the ideals of fairness and inclusion.