Saturday, April 18, 2015
Using Twitter, sign up for the Periscope app! You can catch snippets of advice, resources and inclusion-in-action, on the go. #TheInclusiveClassProject
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
In recognition of Autism Awareness and Autism Acceptance Month (I know some of our readers feel strongly about which label to give the month of April), here are 3 podcasts from The Inclusive Class that you need to hear right now. Each of these podcasts will provide you with valuable knowledge and insight into educating and including children with autism in the school system.
In the first podcast titled, "The Autistic Child with Dr. Temple Grandin", we hear Dr. Grandin's thoughts on why it is important to include students with autism in the general education classroom. She suggests that general education classrooms offer several key aspects to supporting growth and development in autistic students.
The second podcast, "Preparing Teachers to Include Students with Autism", with Dr. Susan Marks from Northern Arizona University, explains why we need to train general education teachers to include students with autism in the classroom.
Finally, the third podcast titled, "Inclusion Doesn't Happen Down the Hall", features guests, Lisa Friedman and Torrie Dunlap. Not so much about autism, but all students with special needs, this podcast opens our eyes to what inclusion really is about and what to expect from schools in the form of inclusion.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Dr. Kristen Kosmerl and Lisa Pinhorn join us on The Inclusive Class Podcast. Listen to a frank discussion about what should be happening in our school and what actually does happen. Coming from diverse backgrounds, our roundtable has had various experiences and thoughts on how to resolve the issue. Nicole Eredics and Terri Mauro host this podcast.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Parents may face many challenges when exploring education options in the American public school system — especially if they have a child with special needs.
For example, how do parents find an education setting that best fits their child’s specific needs? Will the supports they’re seeking for their child be provided by the school? And if not, how do parents advocate for a more suitable placement? Searching for the right education setting for a child with a disability can be challenging, but it’s most effective with research and understanding a few key advocacy strategies.
What Is Inclusive Education?
Years of research and experience tell us that inclusive education — the practice of educating children of all abilities in one classroom — is the gold standard. Many schools, however, still have classrooms where children with disabilities are educated separately from the rest of the student population. The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), a federal law originally enacted in 1975 and revised multiple times since, provides guidance for educating children with special needs. Though the word “inclusion” isn’t specifically used in its documents, the law requires that, to the greatest degree possible, children with disabilities should be educated in the “least restrictive environment” alongside their non-disabled peers — that is, in classrooms with children of all abilities.
Providing this type of learning environment, however, is subject to the needs of the student and the ability of the school to meet them. If a child’s learning needs can be met in general education classes, then the school can offer inclusive education. If the school believes it won’t be able to provide the supports a child requires in this type of setting — due to constraints on classroom options, staffing, budget, or resources — then a child can be placed in a “self-contained” (or segregated) classroom. While advocates for childrenwith learning disabilities often support inclusive education — and many parents prefer it — the reality is that you may not always have a choice at the school your child will attend.
If you are looking for this type of placement, ............ READ MORE HERE.