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Reflection Paper: My Experiences, Thoughts, and Feelings about Inclusion My view of inclusion has become stronger since the beginning of this course. This course has helped me put into words, what I have been feeling for quite a while. The idea and the concept of inclusion was identified and defined. It has helped me realize that inclusion is a lifestyle that must be chosen by advocates of individuals with disabilities. Inclusion is not a privilege, but a right, to all individuals with disabilities. That right is not just in the classroom, but in society as well. Inclusion should begin with the terminology that uplifts an individual’s value and capabilities. I struggle with quantifying an individual’s disabilities as mild to severe. Those terms usually emphasize deficits instead of abilities and describe a person by their deficits not as an individual. Inclusion means the act of being included. But inclusion does not necessarily mean acceptance. An individual with disabilities can be included within a social or academic environment, but not accepted. Individuals with disabilities can be included in a classroom or situation, but not accepted, if they are not valued by their teachers or peers. When individuals with disabilities are included, valued, and accepted, then there is true inclusion. My brother has an intellectual disability. He was born in the Dominican Republic in the early 1960’s. During that time and in that country, individuals
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