Education for Children with Special Needs

South Korea has instated laws as early as 2011 to ensure that all students, regardless of background or handicap, is able to attend school. There are 29 special schools in Seoul and 754 classes nationwide that are geared to help students in Korea with special needs. Students with medical conditions like ADHD, dyslexia, and trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome) will be given opportunities to receive an education shaped for their needs. Classes are created to help with emotional and intellectual development. There is also therapy available through WEE (We + Education + Emotion) Project. It’s important to try and seek out these kinds of resources and aid that the Korean government has pledged for students of all ages and with all handicaps, especially since they might not be necessarily quick to find. 


In order to register a student with physical or intellectual disabilities, they first have to be officially put in the Ministry of Education’s system. After finishing the registration paperwork, parents can send an application to the school that they would like their child to attend. It is unclear whether there is any difficulty getting into a special needs class or related spacing issues, but it is always best to call the district office in your area and get as much information as possible. Laws and regulations might change or better areas might offer better services.


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