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Good practices and research shows, that persons with disabilities have the best luck establishing themselves in countries, where the education system insures their inclusion in general educational institutions from the earliest stages. This commitment is also determined by international documents on the rights of persons with disabilities, including the United Nations Convention on the Rights for Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

The concept of inclusive education has started to become a reality, nonetheless, 47 special schools are still open in the country. About a third of school-age children with disabilities are educated there: 8472 such pupils are educated in general education schools, 3416 – in special ones.

Unfortunately, the quality of inclusive education in Lithuania has received poor assessments. General education schools lack teachers capable of appropriately working with children with various disabilities, so disabled children that are a part of the inclusive education system do not always receive quality educational services.