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Benefits of Inclusive Education


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Joined: Mar 12, 2009
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Posted Mar 12, 2009 at 7:18:33 AM
Subject: Benefits of Inclusive Education

The benefits of inclusive education are numerous for both students with and without disabilities.

Benefits of Inclusion for Students With Disabilities

Friendships

Increased social initiations, relationships and networks

Peer role models for academic, social and behavior skills

Increased achievement of IEP goals

Greater access to general curriculum

Enhanced skill acquisition and generalization

Increased inclusion in future environments

Greater opportunities for interactions

Higher expectations

Increased school staff collaboration

Increased parent participation

Families are more integrated into community

Benefits of Inclusion for Students Without Disabilities

Meaningful friendships

Increased appreciation and acceptance of individual differences

Increased understanding and acceptance of diversity

Respect for all people

Prepares all students for adult life in an inclusive society

Opportunities to master activities by practicing and teaching others

Greater academic outcomes

All students needs are better met, greater resources for everyone

There is not any research that shows any negative effects from inclusion done appropriately with the necessary supports and services for students to actively participate and achieve IEP goals.

I got this from the site: http://www.kidstogether.org/inclusion/benefitsofinclusion.htm

and I believe that this is true. As a future SPED teacher, I believe that Inclusive education is a good thing.

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Karen
Joined Mar 17, 2009
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Posted:Mar 19, 2009 6:50:30 PM

As a regular education teacher in an inclusion classroom, I agree that students with disabilities and without disabilities benefit from this type of setting.

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Deanna
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Posted:Apr 09, 2013 7:49:40 PM

I am currently taking a class on the special educator as an instructional leader. I've been reading articles and gathering information on inclusion. Initially like many others I believed inclusion just meant that students were included in the classroom. I am currently a music teacher and have special education students come to music with their peers that are in the general education class. As I observe students I do not see any negative interactions between the students as far as treating each other differently. As it is mentioned I agree that inclusion provides benefits for all students.

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heatswim
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Posted:Apr 10, 2013 3:55:12 PM

I have seen both ends of the inclusion spectrum, from a residential school to a program where students attended general education students all day long, no matter their disability. I agree with all of the social aspects of inclusion. I student taught at a middle school where a lot of gangs, drugs, and alcohol were a part of the students' everyday. The behavior intervention program there meant that students with down syndrome, autism, ID, and other such exceptionalities attended the regular classes all day. It was neat to see the way that such tough kids watched out for the students in special education. One class composed a formal letter of complaint to the district after a substitute made an inappropriate comment about a student in the BIP. Where I saw inclusion fail though, was in the fact that nothing was being done to provide the nonverbal students in the program communication tools. They were learning no life skills of any sort (many still needed help feeding themselves, going to the bathroom, dressing, ect) and nothing was being done to improve upon these and help them become more independent. Also they were not necessarily learning anything beyond social skills, no academics were being taught at their levels and there was no other time do it, since they were in the reg. classes all day. So while inclusion can be good, there has to be a balance. All of a student's needs to be met, not just social needs, and sometimes being able to do so gets lost in the push for total inclusion.

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gils
Joined Oct 08, 2013
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Posted:Oct 08, 2013 11:10:18 PM

My district is pushing for inclusive education. We are slowly transitioning and trying to place students in their least restrictive environment. We are mandated to provide programming for all students in our district and offer special education programs. I agree with the benefits of inclusive education and we are slowly starting to see these as time passes. Our biggest issue with inclusive education is the lack of communication among special educators and general educators. We are to uphold a level of professionalism, but without opportunities for training and to gain knowledge, we are expected to just go with the flow in terms of programming which isn't meeting the needs of all our students.

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Gracemay Rabang
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Posted:Oct 09, 2013 3:15:50 PM

Several attitudes are common to successful inclusive classrooms. One important element for success is the approach towards diversity. Inclusion only works in an environment when diversity is valued. Classrooms should foster kindness, consideration, empathy, concern, and care for others. There should also be strong leadership in the administrative position of the school. Without a proper support network encouraged by the principal, effective inclusive schools are difficult to create. Educators and administrators must all believe that all children can, and should, be educated. Teachers for inclusion should be flexible and use various teaching and learning techniques. They should be open to suggestions and criticisms, but not take these criticisms personally. To promote a feeling of belonging, the special education teacher should work, at least partly, with all students, not simply those in the special education program inclusion.

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croh
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Posted:Oct 09, 2013 3:50:35 PM

I am currently enrolled in a class where I have been researching the benefits of an inclusive education. I work in a preschool where we are looking to implement a special education program. I have read and searched through countless articles where people have done studies on the benefits of an inclusive education for young children. From what I have researched, the benefits are endless. They gain peer relationships, access to the general curriculum, and more individualized IEP goals, just to name a few. The students who do not have learning disabilities also benefit because they gain an awareness and an understanding of others. However, there are always downfalls to every situation. For example, getting the staff members in my school to become strong collaborators (general educators and special educators). It is so important to have a strong sense of leadership as well as a strong sense of collaboration between both administration and teachers as well as teachers and families. Overall though, I think that the benefits of inclusion definitely outweigh the negatives.

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Keri
Joined Oct 09, 2013
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Posted:Oct 10, 2013 2:44:36 AM

As a learning support teacher in the early childhood center (ECC) at the American School of The Hague (ASH), I find the concept of inclusion to be something that has not really been addressed. In the past our school has been completely inclusive due to that fact that we were not excepting students developmental disabilities and delays. Over the past 5 years this has changed and so has our practices. I agree that students with disabilities and without disabilities benefit from this type of setting. I believe that inclusion only works in an environment when student differences are valued, appreciated, and accepted in the classroom. Classrooms should foster kindness, consideration, empathy, concern, and care for others. The benefits of inclusion for students with disabilities are endless and the suggestions that are provided in this blog are incredible.

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LMAI42
Joined Jun 05, 2014
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Posted:Jun 05, 2014 5:17:48 PM

Inclusion is the way to go! I am currently researching the positive effects on behavior for students with EBD in mainstream classes who are involved in peer tutoring and collaboration sessions in order to promote positive behavior. I have seen middle school children be more nurturing towards others than I would have initially expected. I agree that inclusion sets all learners up to be well rounded people, in that they will have early experiences in working with other people from various backgrounds and with varying abilities, personalities, and needs.

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Kristie.McDonald
Joined Aug 04, 2014
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Posted:Aug 04, 2014 8:02:39 PM

Research shows that inclusion is beneficial for all students, both with and without disabilities. I am currently researching best practices for successful inclusive environments. Inclusion works best when the school climate is one that favors it and is adequately trained. I have witnessed students come from the self contained classes and seen first hand how their behaviors improved when being around their general education peers. I think there needs to be more opportunity for this in settings where all school personel favor inclusion.

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