It promotes empathy, acceptance and diversity, which only help propelling society forward, and for the positive. East Asian cultures like Japan treat autism and other mental disabilities differently than the west. If they cannot be handled in a mainstream school they are placed into institutions, usually. This is because unlike Western countries they do not fund special education, and integration of the mentally disabled is rare in regular classrooms.
You can argue that the merits of intellectually disabled children and adults being housed in institutions instead of being integrated is a problem, but the statistics don’t support that being a better solution. If you’re spending so much money on the disabled that it comes at the expense of the normative students, it means a normative student is going to recieve an inferior education, and probably show resentment towards the disabled.
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