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Learning Disabilities

The Benefits of Inclusive Education

classroomHere are key findings about the benefits of inclusion for children and families:

  • Families’ visions of a typical life for their children can come true.
  • All parents want their children to be accepted by their peers, have friends and lead “regular” lives. Inclusive settings can make this vision a reality for many children with disabilities.

  • Children develop a positive understanding of themselves and others.
  • When children attend classes that reflect the similarities and differences of people in the real world, they learn to appreciate diversity. Respect and understanding grow when children of differing abilities and cultures play and learn together.

  • Friendships develop.
  • Schools are important places for children to develop friendships and learn social skills. Children with and without disabilities learn with and from each other in inclusive classes.

  • Children learn important academic skills.
  • In inclusive classrooms, children with and without disabilities are expected to learn to read, write and do math. With higher expectations and good instruction children with disabilities learn academic skills.

  • All children learn by being together.
  • Because the philosophy of inclusive education is aimed at helping all children learn, everyone in the class benefits. Children learn at their own pace and style within a nurturing learning environment.

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    • Chika Anyaw…..

      this is really good, it have actually solved some academic problems for me. thanks for making your work available on net

    • umeshagam

      it’s really necessary to have inclusive education in everywhere so that the children having disabilities will live their life normally and happily.

    • Glen

      i appreciate the idea of inclusive education.

    • sam

      the idea is good only if implimented

    • Lee Smith

      i think this is a great concept. in my opinion we forget about the students in the middle while we focus on the children at the extreme ends of the spectrum. we have provisions that ensure the gifted students excel, students low performance get additional instruction, and students with disabilities receive needed supplements. however, the solid c students arent challenged or supported to become a or b students. if more schools used an inclusive approach it would insure that ALL students were able to maximize their learning potential.

    • Grace Mulipola

      this is one of the great project for people who needs help with their education because it showcases our support for them

    • Alaneee

      It’s really beneficial especially for those kind of students who really need to be educated because they still want to learn. Meanwhile, it’s also effective that they implement this kind of education. I hope that it’s affordable for anyone.

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    • SAM

      ITs the worst idea ever. These special ed kids need their own classrooms and teaching curriculum. How are they going to compete with others twice their wit. It will only slow the class down and make the sped children doubt their capabilities as they will not learn as fast as the others.

      • Donna Coppock

        I disagree. With the right teacher the Special Education students are provided with support and appropriate academic materials. This practice benefits all students. Do you really think that by isolating them that is going to make them feel any better about themselves?

        • Laura Jenkins

          OMG, I have a special needs son who is 6 years old. My son is in 1st grade. My son is in special education classes for math, reading and speech. The rest of the classes he is in with the typical children. Not only has being in classes with typical children has helped my child to learn, but also to help typical children to see special needs children in a different light that they are just like them but just delayed. So many kids take the time and help my son when they are doing their work. My son has made so much progress being integrated with typical children. As far as taking away from other students I guess that depends on your school. We are fortunate to have aids to help with the students who require more help. I have to say that Sam must not know anyone with a special needs child that is high functioning. No school will put a low functioning child in with a typical child’s classroom anyway!

        • Lorraine

          Putting them with students of their own ability is much better than putting them with mainstream students who will end up really making it clear to them that they are different!

      • Hollowhaven

        Yes, because everyone in special education is slower and less intelligent than everyone else right? I was a special education student. I am currently in college with a 3.81 GPA. Should i have been in a special class with easier curriculum? Please do not generalize, we are not a homogeneous group..

      • Lorraine

        That is correct. Then the other kids go home and tell their parents that they can’t learn because the teacher always has to stop to tell “Johnny” to stay in his seat and “Janie” to pay attention and that takes more time to do than teach. The mainstream kids end up resenting the special needs kids for dragging them down.

      • Susan Hobbs

        This sounds like a character issue of the typical students.

    • abdul kader

      it has become a common practice to put the so called disabled

      in a very high position or in a very low position…….all that they need is putting them equal…………….

    • sammy kiplagat

      its one way of letting them realize that they are accepted and cared for, taking them to integrated schools will help them socialize and learn with their peers.

      • Lorraine

        I live in a receiving school district with inclusion classes. The “integrated” middle school has special needs students who, because of inclusion policies, realize even more that they are NOT ACCEPTED AND CARED FOR. In reality, they are REJECTED AND BULLIED. They aren’t socializing with their peers during school, they’re being ignored in gym class, at lunch and on the playground. The kids don’t want to be partnered with them for anything, and they are routinely excluded from birthday parties. As for learning, second teachers need to be brought into the classroom to handle behavioral and attention issues, which detract from the ability of the rest of the students to learn at the accelerated pace they should be learning at.

        Epic FAIL.

    • Lorraine

      I’m sorry, but what fantasy world is this author living in? In my town, there are several ED/LD students who have been in regular classes since Pre-K. Some receive some instruction outside of the class, but the bulk of the day is spent with the General Education students.

      FALSE: Families’ visions of a typical life for their children can come true.

      While it’s true that “all parents want their children to be accepted by their peers, have friends and lead “regular” lives,” inclusive settings DO NOT make this vision a reality for many children with disabilities.

      Kids identify the different kids at a very early age, after which they’re labeled and excluded by the normal kids. The only friends they have are other kids with similar disabilities. they learn to appreciate diversity. Respect and understanding are non-existent, since children of differing abilities may learn together but they DON’T play together.

      Yes, schools are important places for children to develop friendships and learn social skills, but what children with and without disabilities learn from each other in inclusive classes is that the kids with LD are “weird,” and the Gen. Ed. kids are “mean”.

      In inclusive classrooms, children with and without disabilities are taught to learn to read, write and do math, but with LOWER expectations of the Gen. Ed. students, due to having to instruct children with disabilities at a lower academic level. The LD kids may learn at a higher level, but it’s at the expense of the Gen. Ed. kids.

      • Hollowhaven

        Hi there. I WAS a special education student. Interestingly enough, not all special needs are specifically learning based. This needs to be considered on a case-by-case basis. It is not all good or all bad, it truly depends. Some students will work well with a high level of inclusion, some will not. Also, keep in mind that this is inclusion, not full inclusion. They can still get help when they need it, but at the same time when they do not need help it allows them to feel like just another kid, with no special of different treatment.

      • anonymous

        What world do you live in?? Geesh, I hope you are NOT a teacher. If so, you need to find another day job PLEASE, for the sake of ALL the children. if the other “typical” kids look at the children with disabilities as being “weird”, they probably learned it from you, their teacher. And if you’re a parent and not a teacher…no wonder there are so many bullies in our schools…they learn it at home.

        • Lorraine

          I live in the REAL world, Anon, and I am the parent of one of the VERY few children in the same grade who does NOT treat special needs kids unkindly, despite encouragement from peers to do so.

          What world do YOU live in? Kids have always been cruel and will always BE cruel, and I watched my daughters’ class from pre-K, ostracize the kids who they perceived were “different.” One little girl had behavioral issues and oftentimes could not go a half day session without her mother being called to pick her up. The kids noticed that and she was rejected, and given many “nicknames” that are a lot worse than “wierd.” A classmate that refuses to get involved with that? MY child, and YES, she DID learn kindness in our home!

          So before you make such an asinine statement and make a fool of yourself, you’d better RE-READ what people are saying. I’m speaking the TRUTH. It wouldn’t have mattered what the Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Grade teachers did to try to get the other kids to accept the kids whose behaviors and mannerisms set them apart, it wasn’t going to work!

          Now ARE there parents who say, either to their child or in earshot of them, that they don’t want kids with special needs coming to their house and possibly “acting up” or that they aren’t going to invite “that child” to their child’s birthday party? Of course there are, and this only makes things worse! You’re not going to change these parents either, which is why the best thing schools can do for students is go back to keeping the special needs students together, in a learning environment where they do not have to be subject to the stigmatization and bullying that comes with mainstream “inclusion!”

          • Ryan

            I just wanted to say that I am a disabled high schooler that is “special needs’. My disability is physical and quite obvious and I’ve been included since I was in Pre-K. What people don’t seem to understand is that if the child is told that they are different and separated they start to believe that they are different. I was raised with the same kids and once they learned that I am capable of what they are, even if I have to find a different way to do it, they stopped treating me carefully. I have plenty of “normal” education friends. I’m also on a sports team, although if I’d been taught that I am “different” through separation I wouldn’t be where I am today.

    • Hollowhaven

      It is good, but there are things that are not taken into consideration here as well…

    • anonymous

      I think inclusive education should be considered crucial in a society, where everyone is talking about equality. It’s not correct to say that we are living in a discrimination free society if we don’t pay attention to such topics.

    • Johan

      Everyone has made a point, in my opinion inclusive education like everything else has good and bad things about it and it depends from person to person along with their surrounding as to whether it will be effective or not.

    • Nanyama Elizabeth Mabele

      This is a very vital information for my study in Kenya. Am doing a study on effectiveness of implementing inclusive education in Kenya.

    • Christin Lucas

      My son with down syndrome was bullied by kids with disabilities, the typical children protected him and told me about it. No adults ever told me. He has also been bullied by axults in school. He needs to be in an inclusive setting for so many reasons including this.

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