In 2009, I published an article in The Reading Teacher with my colleague, Kelly Chander-Olcott, titled “Why Everyone Benefits from Including Students with Autism in Literacy Classrooms”. One of the points we make in the article is that students with disabilities often bring assistive technology and augmentative communication into classrooms and, therefore, make them richer places to learn. Students with and without disabilities who are in classrooms that use AT and AAC regularly and creatively not only may get access to unique materials, but also get to learn about learning itself. They may be able to generate ideas for using AT and AAC in their own studying and learning; they get to see first-hand that there are many ways to learn and express what you know; and they often become wonderfully curious about the possibilities for using AT and AAC in the classroom and beyond.
Read more from Paula Kluth on Ollibean here , here here and on her amazing website
Paula Kluth: Toward Inclusive Classrooms and Communities .