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Support networks and the school inclusion policy in São Paulo municipality

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Rosanna Claudia Bendinelli
Total Authors: 1
Document type: Master's Dissertation
Press: São Paulo.
Institution: Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Educação (FE/SBD)
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Examining board members:
Rosangela Gavioli Prieto; Eniceia Gonçalves Mendes; Sandra Maria Zakia Lian Sousa
Advisor: Rosangela Gavioli Prieto

For the last years we have frequently heard and read that support networks are very important to drug addicts, to low wages pregnant women, to professionals who work with elders and to special education students. However, in the field of education, very little is known about what these support networks are and how they are formed, because this discussion is not frequently held in our country, particularly in the area of special education. After literature revision we established, for this work, a support network concept that defines it as an articulation of several public and private instances which have interfaces with the special education, by institutionalization of inter secretarial work for planning, implementation and evaluation of public policies for school inclusion of students who have disabilities, global development disorders and high skills/gifted. Once this concept was understood, we present the goals of this study which were to investigate how the municipality of São Paulo, by its secretaries, is organizing support to those students and investigate if the current actions are aligned with the idea of a support network as we have stated here. In order to achieve that, this exploratory research has combined some procedures related to the qualitative approach such as: document analysis with emphasis on special education legislation; a search of public programs that have interfaces with this approach; and interviews with special education professionals who work for the municipality. The results bring evidences that all legal documents from Health, Social and Disability Secretaries established articulated actions with education. We have also found some localized support networks which served only a restrict portion of the population, not guaranteeing coverage and access of social rights for all the population in need of special education, and others more structured by the São Paulo Municipal Secretary of Education. We also concluded that this municipality has been trying to strength the complementary and supplementary serving policies to support the inclusion process to those students, through the regulation of agreements with private institutions, enlargement of services, hiring personnel to form their crew, and for some polices development which stimulate intersetorial and intersecretarial actions, although we have also perceived the need to improve them, as well as investment in order to make it effective to consolidate what we understand as support networks, in a complete and not specific way. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 08/08876-4 - School inclusion policy: special education and support network
Grantee:Rosanna Claudia Bendinelli
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Master