New Ways of Thinking and Revolutionary Common Sense
The Ticket to Inclusive Schools
Leadership: The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Frustrations, fights, and even lawsuits are often part and parcel of parent/educator relationships during parental efforts to achieve an inclusive education for their children with disabilities. As defined in this article, inclusive ed means children with disabilities attending age-appropriate, general ed classrooms in the neighborhood school, where students and their teachers receive the supports they need for success . . .
Typically, parents advocate for inclusion for their own child. Some are successful for that one year, others are not. And unless the entire school or district is already inclusive, parents who are successful one year may need to gird their loins for another battle when the next school year rolls around. So we’re making progress toward inclusion from the outside, one-child-at-a-time. It’s a worthwhile—but slow—process. The speedier solution is change from the inside!
At many schools all across the country, school policies—not IDEA—dictate the placement and education of students with disabilities. So the way to create systems change is to influence school policy . . . Click here to continue.