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Inclusive School Communities: 10 Reasons Why
Educators, students and families have found many compelling reasons to support inclusive education, including the following:
Preparation for Community Life as an Adult. Inclusive schools provide the opportunity for students with and without disabilities to experience diversity as a natural part of life in communities.
A Sense of Belonging. Inclusive education facilitates belonging for students with disabilities.
Varied Learning Opportunities. Students with disabilities are exposed to a wider range of learning opportunities in general education environments.
Differentiated Instruction. Differentiation to meet diverse student needs allows educational teams to expand the ways in which they effectively teach all students.
Individualized Education. Individualized educational programs allow students with disabilities to experience the benefits of participating with peers in general education activities, while attending to their specific learning needs.
Effective Use of Instructional Resources. Resources, especially instructional personnel, can be leveraged to create more effective and efficient learning for all students in inclusive schools.
Team-Building for School Improvement. The collaborative teamwork required for inclusive education builds staff relationships that support collegiality and other school-wide initiatives.
Friendships with Peers. As students with and without disabilities interact as classmates, friendships can develop.
Parental Involvement. Parents of students with disabilities are more involved with their local schools and communities when their children are included.
Support of Civil Rights. Inclusion is a civil rights issue.
Citation: Gaylord, V., Vandercook, T., and York-Barr, J. (Eds.). (2003). Impact: Feature Issue on Revisiting Inclusive K-12 Education, 16(1) [online]. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration. Available from http://ici.umn.edu/products/impact/161.
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