Inclusion is about making everything in the community accessible to everyone, disability or no. This means our schools, public buildings, transportation, sidewalks, playgrounds, etc… The environment in its entirety.
There is nothing soft about the bigotry of low expectations.
Our number one issue is still old attitudes towards us, and those old attitudes see us as helpless and unable and disability can make you very strong and very able.
Actually, disability is not something one overcomes. Stories that claim successful people with disabilities overcame their disabilities mislead the public. The barriers exist not in the person, but in the physical, social, and digital environment. People with disabilities and their communities succeed when the community decides to dismantle digital, attitudinal, and physical barriers. My success at school, in the office, and even on the dance floor were facilitated by communities that chose to practice inclusion.
Inclusion means living in a society that embraces the diversity of human beings. It means inclusion is a way of life and manifests itself in every aspect of our culture, from the schools and education, to the work place and everything in between… It means paradise!
Children know through our words and actions what our expectations of them are whether they are disabled or not. Believe in your child.
Equal access, level playing field, dignity, respect for my son and all his community. No separate classrooms separate doors or isolation from others.
We have no idea what someone is capable of learning unless information is presented in a way that is accessible to them and they have a reliable means to communicate their understanding. Teach them everything.
Lauri Swann Hunt
All children should grow up feeling loved accepted and whole. Not just at home, but in their schools and communities.
High expectations and access to rich academic content benefits each and every child.Over 30 years of research shows that ALL students do better in inclusive educational settings – both socially and academically.
Dr. Caroline Musselwhite addresses the topic of overall good literacy instruction. She presents information about how to teach students with significant disabilities using fairly common literacy instruction strategies.
We have reached the tipping point where it is no longer educationally or morally defensible to continue to segregate students with disabilities. We shouldn’t be striving to educate children in the least restrictive environment but rather in the most inclusive one.
"First, we must ensure that all children, including and especially those with disabilities, receive a quality education. Inclusion means nothing if a child is not receiving a good education, which is, in fact, the very reason we have schools in the first place. " Cara Liebowitz
I said a long time ago that I would not only be an real student In a school that supports me but also a self advocate for those lost in segregated settings echoing the dreaded lives of people in the world that are like me without the right supports.