Inclusion of people with an intellectual disability must start at the local early childhood centre and school. Inclusive education is the foundation to disabled people living valued lives in their local community. In New Zealand, children with an intellectual disability have the right to access learning alongside other children.
Many parents are concerned that disabled children do not receive the best education at their local school and so they opt for special schools or units. IHC is lobbying for change so that the right of children with an intellectual disability to receive a quality, inclusive education at their local school and early childhood centre is upheld and responded to by government.