This study aims to investigate the reading habits and opportunities available to special/challenged persons in inclusive or mainstream education system or in normal educational system, as reading is the most important factor which directly has an effect on achievements not only in education but on future life. Wider analysis shows decrease in purchase of books and decline in reading habits among youth. Two clusters of samples were selected; special persons studying in mainstream education system and those studying in special education system. Thirty samples from each cluster were selected through convenience sampling; data was collected through questionnaire and supplemented through interview. Results indicate that special persons have less opportunities of fulfilling their reading needs. Parents of special need persons are in inclusive setting and are more motivated towards reading habits of their children as compared to these whose children are studying in special institutions. A general environment of mainstream education develops a positive effect on special persons towards reading which in future can have an effect on their achievements.
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