Friday, November 8, 2013

Advocacy 101: Inclusive Practices

Many children with special needs are 'set aside' in a special education classroom.  They can be very limited in their exposure to the rest of the school population.  They miss out on friendships and daily activities that other children get to enjoy.  Inclusion is a tricky thing.  It's not a place.  It's an attitude.  So why is it so very hard to implement in our schools?  With the right tools, nearly every student can and should be included in the general ed. classroom.  We'll help get you started. 

One of my favorite speakers at Partners for Policymaking (PIP) was Michael Remus.  He is a fantastic speaker and innovative mover and shaker with regards to changing district policy.  At the risk of this sounding creepy, I literally wanted to sneak him back home with me, so my school district could become as inclusive as the models he implements. 

Please take a quick look at his presentation "Count Me In! Inclusive Practices: Moving from Perception to Practice". 

Obviously, this was just an outline of his presentation.  However, you can get a wonderful starting point to take with you to your school district or an IEP meeting.  From Least Restrictive Environment to minimal pull-outs to teaching other students disability awareness to the proven benefits of inclusive education, Michael Remus hits the nail on the head with regards to why it's so very important for our children. 

If you have any questions or thoughts about inclusive practices, please comment below.  Does your school district follow this plan of inclusion? Yes or no, we'd LOVE to hear from you!

Leslie absolutely loves warm autumn winds and the gorgeous colors of a changing season...but not the leaves!  Raking all those leaves! 

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