Also please read Ashley's personal benefits of inclusion at this recent post too. And PLEASE comment I'd love to hear what everyone thinks about inclusion.
Benefits of inclusion clear
Re: Trustees strike a blow against junk science, Opinion, Nov. 17
It is interesting to the families we support to see such an article about “segregated schools.” The families we serve have children with differing abilities. Many of them are being placed in segregated schools and/or segregated classes because parents are afraid to leave them in their community school where, they are told, they will not receive the necessary support services.
The Ontario government and Ministry of Education says they believe and support equity and inclusion but have not insisted on this approach as have other provinces have done. The TDSB, the largest school board in Canada, between 2002 and 2007 increased self-contained segregated enrolment by 39 per cent, according to its own Financial Facts.
Yet, research is clear: children in robust inclusive settings have good general health, make academic progress, look forward to going to school, and get along with peers (Canadian Council on Learning, PALS, Statistics Canada, 2001). Research also indicates that there are no benefits to special education class placement and a unified (regular and special) system of education must prevail (Council of Administrators of Special Education, 1993).
Authentic research not “junk science” clearly demonstrates benefits of inclusion for each and every student and community. If so, why is the continuing segregation of students with differing abilities and additional needs not receiving attention?
Janis Jaffe-White and Reva Schafer, Toronto Family Network