First, there are benefits to the economy Segregated schools are expensive and not available to poor families or poor countries or communities Being educated means being able to earn a living, which in turn brings benefits to the individual, his or her family and the community
Second, there are benefits to society In terms of reducing discrimination [link out to citations] Creating welcoming communities And, an inclusive society
Third, there are benefits for students Both children with and without disabilities achieve academically and develop social and interpersonal skills
What is Educational Inclusion? Educational Inclusion is where schools and other educational institutions are open to everyone Differences are celebrated Learning is supported Individual needs are met Educational Inclusion is also where education systems are inclusive They follow child-centred learning and teaching practices They Implement practices to ensure that all children, including those who are disadvantaged or have disabilities, are successfully educated.
But exactly what is inclusion in education? Inclusion in education has been defined by a body within the United Nations as
“… a process of addressing and responding to the diversity of needs of all learners through increasing participation in learning, cultures and communities, and reducing exclusion within and from education. It involves changes and modifications in content, approaches, structures and strategies, with a common vision which covers all children of the appropriate age range and a conviction that it is the responsibility of the state to educate all children.”
An included student is, well …just one of the kids.
It may be useful to consider what inclusion means for you – as a parent, school staff member or therapist (or combination of these). Perhaps write these down so you can reflect on your definition as you move through the sections to follow.