The Positive Aspects Of Inclusive Education

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Prior to 1975, people with disabilities were excluded from public schools. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandated free, appropriate public education for all students with disabilities. The articles in Unit one focus on the positive aspects and the negative aspects of Inclusive Education. Karen Freiberg insists that teamwork is a necessity between general education teachers and special education teachers for inclusion to work effectively. She also states that within a school everyone must be committed to being a part of the solution including: superintendent, principals, teachers, coaches, aides, students, parents, and families (pg. 8). We must start by treating people with disabilities with respect by using first language and courtesy when communicating with them. The article, Why Can’t We Say “Handicapped”, points out that there is definitely power in our words and our choice of words affect our attitudes and behavior toward disabled citizens. In this article, there is a chart titled, Use People First Language, which provides a list of better terms to replace the old terms we commonly hear. There is also a tip list for communicating with people with disabilities. For example, don’t be afraid to ask questions when you are unsure of what to do when it comes to communicating with people with disabilities (Texas Child Care Quarterly). Disabled peers want to be treated equally and we should always put the person first (pg. 10). In the
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