Educating Students With Children With Disabilities

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Mainstreaming in Education “We must understand that inclusion is first and foremost a philosophy. It is a mindset and a belief that everyone has value and something to contribute. It is a willingness to see the ability in everyone and match skill with challenge. It is an understanding that what our programs really provide at their heart is the opportunity to build relationships, learn who we are, and develop skills…” (Friedman, 2014) Mainstreaming, one of the most controversial topics in the education field, is a term that expresses the thought of regular classroom teachers being expected to work with children with disabilities such as dyslexia, physically challenged, hyperactive or emotionally troubled. Another definition of mainstreaming is placing special-needs children in the “least restrictive environment”. The idea of mainstreaming is to help the students with disabilities feel more connected to other students, but in reality it can challenge the teachers that does not have the training and support to help benefit the students needs (Sacks, 2001). This not only affects the teachers and students, but the parents believing their child should be included. Choosing mainstreaming at my topic benefits with my desire and passion to teach special needs children. The reason behind mainstreaming may be to benefit both the students with special needs and other students, but why is this thought to be an issue rather than a benefit? In 1975, the Education for All Handicapped
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