This literature review addresses the link between inclusive education and the social inclusion of people with disabilities. It explains how inclusive education can serve as a tool to promote social inclusion in three areas, namely education, employment and living in the community.
The review provides research evidence to suggest that inclusive education is an important prerequisite for the social inclusion of people with disabilities, both during school years and later in life.
According to the review, attending inclusive education settings increases the possibilities for participating and interacting with peers at school, obtaining academic and vocational qualifications, being employed, being financially independent, and so on. At the same time, the research findings indicate that attending segregated settings minimises the opportunities for social inclusion.