A combined Policy and Action Research workshop was held in Yogyakarta Indonesia between 13 to 19 January 2016. The workshop brought together key stakeholders from the education and health sectors to articulate a shared vision for inclusion of children with disability at school and to develop a research action plan. At the policy workshop, provincial and district/municipal-level decision-makers engaged together with families, educators, administrators, and health care providers to develop policy recommendations. At the Action Research Workshop, seven schools representing the range of educational options available in Yogyakarta and the diverse spectrum of inclusive education models learned about Participatory Action Research (PAR) to develop inclusive education practices through participant-driven inquiry in a learning community/community of practice (CoP). The workshop was supported through collaboration between Yogyakarta State University, Indonesia and the University of Sydney, Australia.
This policy bulletin: Collaborative action across health and education sectors for inclusion of children with disabilities in education Establishing a policy vision and research agenda in Yogyakarta, Indonesia identifies policy strengths and a gaps, makes policy recommendations, and offers specific direction for the development of collaborative practices through the effort of local participatory action research teams to support Yogyakarta as a model laboratory for developing inclusive education.