Date of Award

Spring 2021

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Educational Studies

First Advisor

Daniel Douglas

Second Advisor

Stefanie Wong



This paper analyzes special education policy in Hartford, Connecticut and Cape Town, South Africa to see how different educational cultures view students with disabilities. The themes of teacher training, curriculum, and treatment of children in addition to language use are described and compared. Cape Town educational culture arguably has a more holistic view of students with disabilities as the policy commits to providing more resources and hiring confident and trained teachers committed to providing for the needs of their students. However, Hartford has more guidance on the treatment of children and more accepting language use in the policies. This research can be used to inform future revisions of special education policies by showing the strengths and weaknesses of the two locality’s policies in providing for the needs of the students.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College, Hartford CT for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies.