The Benefits of Inclusion

Children with Special Needs

•affords a sense of belonging

• to the diverse human family

• provides a diverse

stimulating environment in

which to grow and learn

• evolves in feelings of being a member of a diverse community

• enables development of

• friendships

• provides opportunities to

• develop neighborhood

friends

• enhances self-respect

• provides affirmations of

individuality

• provides peer models

• provides opportunities to be

educated with same-age

peers

General Education

provides opportunities to experience diversity of society on a small scale in a classroom

develops an appreciation that everyone has unique and beautiful characteristics and abilities

develops respect for others with diverse characteristics develops sensitivity toward others’ limitations

develops feelings of empowerment and the ability to make a difference increases abilities to help and teach all classmates develops empathetic skills provides opportunities to vicariously put their feet in another child’s shoes

Teachers

• helps teachers appreciate the diversity of the human family

• helps teachers recognize that all students have strengths

• creates an awareness of the importance of direct individualized instruction

• increases ways of creatively addressing challenges

• teaches collaborative problem solving skills

• develops teamwork skills  acquires different ways of perceiving challenges as a result of being on a multi-

disciplinary team

• enhances accountability

skills

• combats monotony

Society

• promotes the civil rights of all individuals

• supports the social value of equality

• teaches socialization and collaborative skills

• builds supportiveness and interdependence

• maximizes social peace

• provides children a

miniature model of the democratic process

Benefits of Inclusion

Inclusion: Maximizes Individual Growth and Builds a Sense of Community

• enhances appreciation for the diversity of the human family

Source: “Creative Educators at Work: All Children Including Those with Disabilities Can Play Traditional Classroom Games,” by Donna Raschke, Ph.D., and Jodi Bronson, Ed.S., 1999 http://www.uni.edu/coe/inclusion/philosophy/benefits.html

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