During the last 2 decades, the Republic of Korea (herein Korea) has made great strides in educating children with developmental disabilities. Being a native of Korea and having visited there since 1989 to conduct several collaborative research projects with educators and researchers, I have been amazed to observe the rapid pace of special education improvements. This article provides a brief history on special education in Korea and highlights some of the current practices in special education there, as well as major challenges the country needs to overcome to assist children with developmental disabilities in attaining optimal educational outcomes.

The Special Education Promotion Act, the first Korean special education legislation, was signed into law in 1977. This law mandated that individuals with disabilities be provided with free public education and related services (Seo, Oakland, Han, & Hu, 1992). The law, however, did not...

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