In conversation with Prof. Sue Buckley OBE

By Sue O’Riley and Sheree O’Connor

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Professor Sue Buckley presented at the World Down Syndrome Congress in Glasgow. She sat down and spoke with Down Syndrome Victoria’s Sue O’Riley and Sheree O’Connor about inclusive education saying that mainstream schools need to adopt a more inclusive approach.

Prof. Buckley is Director of Science and Research at Down Syndrome Education, and Emeritus Professor of Development Disability, University of Portsmouth, UK.


‘All the evidence is that inclusive placement - being fully immersed in a regular class - leads to better speech, language, literacy, academic progress, better behaviour, more mature social behaviour. All the evidence says that.’ - Prof. Sue Buckley

Photo: Prof. Sue Buckley (centre) with Sheree, Liz and Sue.

Further reading

de Graaf G. and de Graaf E. (2016) Development of self-help, language and academics in Down syndrome. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities. 13 (2) 120-131.

Guralnick publications:

More information about Prof Sue Buckley including references to some of her many published works in the field of education can be found here: