The Benefits Of Inclusion In The Classroom

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Niki Nino SPED 703 DB # 3 Spring 2017 Inclusion is defined as bringing diverse students, families, and educators together to create schools and other social institutions based on acceptance, belonging and community (Salend, 2011). Inclusion helps in bringing differences together and it can be beneficial for all. Inclusion is based on the belief that all children are capable of learning and need to be guided through a curriculum that is based on their abilities and needs. Inclusion works best with the right supports that includes proper training, adequate funding, support in the classroom, and a strong sense of communication between all professionals and parents. I feel professional development should be a continual, easy to access tool for teachers, and staff members. Inclusion can be successful if a positive behavior model is implemented and it emphasizes routines, clear expectations, and proper supervision (R. Nelson). I believe parental involvement is extremely important for establishing a successful inclusive classroom. Inclusion is not lowering the standards or changing the materials for students with disabilities. IDEA ensures that children have the maximum opportunity to learn with children who do not have disabilities—in academic, nonacademic, and extracurricular activities. I find myself torn to where students with disabilities should be educated, because it depends on their disability and how the school can support them. Many students with
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