Inclusive schools have a collaborative and respectful school culture where students with disabilities are presumed to be competent, develop positive social relationships with peers, and are fully participating members of the school community.
Why advocate for inclusion?
Research has shown that when the right supports are in place, both children with a disability and without disability benefit academically and socially.
Our kids now have the opportunity to go to college, get jobs, live independently and meaningfully contribute to society.
And, most important, IT’S THEIR CIVIL RIGHT to be included under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). It states that children with disabilities must be educated in the “Least Restrictive Environment” (LRE), and to the maximum extent educated with children who are nondisabled. This placement must be as close as possible to the child’s home, and in the school that he or she would attend if nondisabled.