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Inverse inclusion

place Colombia

Inclusive education for deaf children and teenagers (72%) from vulnerable contexts, who share with hearing ones (28%) in the same classrooms

At ICAL we have developed an education model called “inverse inclusion”. We bring formal education to low-income deaf and non-deaf children and teenagers in an environment where the first group represents the majority (72%). We use ICTs and face-to-face classes to support sign language and oralism learning; supporting their life-project construction and human development.

HundrED 2023


HundrED has selected this innovation to

HundrED Global Collection 2023

HundrED 2022

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Target group
August 2021
We tackle social traditional barriers to support the construction of worthy life projects for each student; no matter socioeconomic origin neither physical condition. We focus on real social inclusion

About the innovation

ICAL Foundation and the Inverse inclusion education model

We are a non-profit organization with almost 60 years of history, working for the inclusion and well-being of people with hearing disabilities in Colombia. Our mission is to provide quality care and a rights-based approach to the hearing-impaired population and their families, through specialized Health and Comprehensive Training services that strengthen the construction of worthy life projects.

We have developed our own education model called inverse inclusion. It brings together students with hearing disabilities and some cognitive ones with students with no disabilities. This is possible at our Montessori kindergarten, elementary and high school, located in the Chia municipality, Colombia. We have children aged 3 to 17 years old from more than 10 municipalities of the Cundinamarca region.

In addition, as part of the model, we count with a program for extra-age students (18 to 25 years old) called Sketching my Future, which promotes entrepreneurial tools and knowledge for disabled students. They develop productive skills to structure their own family entrepreneurship and life project.

We have found this model not only as really inclusive and socially cohesive, but as one that successfully contributes in developing all the students’ 21-century skills. We have evidence from our graduated students during the last 10 years, showing positive occupation rates and personal development indicators; compared to the national rates from people with their same hearing conditions.

Impact & scalability

HundrED Academy Reviews

By providing detailed implementation procedures, this innovation makes it very easy for use or practice in a different geological setting. It also has the chance of scaling up without losing its efficiency.

An amazing program of inclusion that will have a profound impact on society. It is because of this kind of work, communities can improve.

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Academy review results
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High Scalability
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