"Every day, someone tells the parents of a toddler with a disability that they “can’t”. Every day a teacher decides to work on other areas because a student with disabilities “can’t” or because they don’t demonstrate “reading readiness”. "

Let’s imagine that you are a toddler. Someone says “I don’t think xxx Is ever going to read.” And you don’t. This is due to a simple cause and effect. You “aren’t capable” – so therefore people…

University of Indiana:
"In reality, inclusion is not a special education issue. For schools to successfully support students with diverse learning needs, special education reform must be viewed within the broader context of school restructuring."

Inclusion is not a student, a classroom, or a school. Rather, inclusion is a belief that ALL students, regardless of labels, should be members of the general education community.

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Shoreline Public Schools

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Proposition 1: 66.4% approval
Proposition 2: 67.9% approval

This is *so* important. Kids with disabilities are a vulnerable population, and teaching them to always be compliant is literally dangerous.

And they have a right to autonomy.

They have a right to opinions.


They have a right to say no.

"One of the most important things you can teach a child with complex communication needs is refusal."

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"How do we teach that we can exist together in the same spaces, but the goal doesn't have to be that we become the same?'
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Typical (ie non-disabled) kids also have better academic outcomes in inclusive environments.
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Inclusive education is one important piece of a larger fight for inclusion in society. It's time more of us learned the history - and current activism - of Disability civil rights, and of the Disability Pride movement.

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"Shalaby argues, and rightly so, that our troublemakers are “canaries in the coal mine.” These children, in their defiance, are warning us of something fundamentally destructive — in Shalaby’s words, toxic — about our schools and our expectations for all young people."

When students act out, why do we seek out flaws in their character? Shouldn't we instead search for the flaws in our schools and our teaching, holding us, the adults, primarily responsible?

"Most importantly, UDL suggests a fundamental shift in how we understand learning challenges. It puts an emphasis on remediating the classroom rather than the student."

When teachers create flexible learning environments, they support all different types of learners, Kyle Redford writes.

"I have said it before and I will say it again: inclusion is not a person or a place or a program; inclusion is a mindset, a way of thinking, and it needs to be who we are as much as it is what we do."

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"But here is the primary problem I see in education and behavior therapy: when we insist that vulnerable children control their behavior before they’re able to, there’s a potential to do more harm than good to their mental health and social-emotional development.

We can shift the paradigm by using developmental approaches that are informed by neuroscience and based in compassionate best-practice principles."

when we insist that vulnerable children control their behavior before they’re able to, there’s a potential to do more harm than good to emotional health