Manor-Binyamini, Iris
June 2007
International Journal of Special Education;Jun2007, Vol. 22 Issue 2, p109
Academic Journal
The purpose of this article is to present an overview of the special education sector of the Bedouin Arab community in southern Israel.. The paper opens with the study rationale and the importance of the subject. The review is based on a thematic analysis of content taken from diverse sources. The analysis showed five principle themes: (a) numerous Bedouin children with special needs and the ensuing social issues (b) Physical infrastructure (c) Skilled professional and multi-professional personnel (d) Methods, and adequate diagnostic, placement and interventional tools and (e) Additional assisting services. The analysis shows vast and numerous deficiencies vis-à-vis extant conditions and needs. It shows the necessity of an overall interventional program which will address diverse needs. At the end of the article I will propose Recommendations for future action emerging from the study adapted to the context and needs of the community; their main thrust relates to identifying all the Bedouin children with special needs, developing a professional- parent-community dialogue adapted to the needs of the community and devoting more attention to research of the subject.


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