Some opinions about inclusive education are based on unsound information. Three common myths about inclusion are:
Myth 1:Separate is better.
Reality: Segregation doesn’t work. Whether children are separated based on race, ability, or any other characteristic, a separate education is not an equal education. Research shows that typical children and children with disabilities learn as much or more in inclusive classes.
Myth 2: Children must be “ready” to be included.
Reality: All children have to the right to be with other children their own age. A child with disabilities does not have to perform at a certain grade level or act exactly like the other children in their class to benefit from being a full-time member in general education.
Myth 3: Parents don’t support inclusive education.
Reality: Parents have been and continue to be the driving force for inclusive education. The best outcomes occur when parents of children with disabilities and professionals work together. Effective partnerships happen when there is collaboration, communication and, most of all, TRUST between parents and professionals.