OBSTACLES AND SOLUTIONS FOR THE CURRENT INCLUSIVE EDUCATION POLICIES AND PRACTICES IN ROMANIA

C. Vlaicu

Valahia University (ROMANIA)
This paper discusses the barriers in the implementation of the current inclusive education policies and practices in Romania and comes up with solutions on the education of children with disabilities and special needs in Romania in inclusive schools. As a consequence of educational policies elaborated in recent years, after the Salamanca Statement and the release of the Framework for Action on Special Needs Education, Romanian inclusive schools managed to raise the levels of collaborative work in the educational system. Although Romanian specialists are currently working for better solutions to inclusion by adapting regular school services to the needs of the students, there is still a series of obstacles to the development of special education to the standards of developed countries with a tradition in educating learners with unique abilities. The practical part of this paper includes examples of good practice and elements of strategic planning partnerships.

The conclusion of the study emphasizes the idea that partnerships can only work when there is a clear understanding of the respective aims, roles and responsibilities of the partners and the nature of their relationships, which in turn depends on clarity of information, good communication and transparent policies.