Recently, I started to contribute articles to a wonderful organization for families of special needs children called Ollibean. Ollibean is an online community of resources and information that challenges people to look at our similarities, not our differences. Below is the first half of a post that I wrote for Ollibean last month. Click on the link to continue reading!
Why would we want inclusive education? Why wouldn’t we want it? Why wouldn't we want to ensure that every child had the same opportunity to be a child? To play with peers, eat lunch together, learn together, attend the same field trip, and hear the same stories? Why would we separate, segregate and alienate children from one another while at the same time teach them to look after the world around them, respect differences and take a stand at injustice. Ironically, in many schools, injustice happens right before our children's very eyes. Why would we want that?
The successful inclusion of children with disabilities and special needs in our school system relies on the belief that all children have equal access to a quality education. Inclusive education isn't a program, a place or a classroom. It is a way of understanding and living in the real world. Because, in fact, this is a world that has people of all different sizes, shapes, colors and abilities. Inclusive education embraces those differences and has a system that welcomes and supports the needs of children with various abilities. It encourages growth and values diversity. Inclusive education encourages participation and allows for choice. And, Inclusive education benefits...Click to Continue Reading