“Inclusion is a right, not a special privilege for a select few.” Federal Court Oberti v. Board of Education
An inclusive education is a child’s right, not a privilege. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) states, “To the maximum extent appropriate, children with disabilities, including children in public or private institutions or other care facilities, must be educated with children who are not disabled. Further, special classes, separate schooling, or other removal of children with disabilities from the regular educational environment may occur only when the nature or severity of the disability of a child is such that education in regular classes with the use of supplementary aids and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily.”
The act is based on the idea that inclusive education is about children with disabilities participating in everyday actives, just like they would if their disability was not present. Every child should be valued equally and deserves the same opportunities and experiences in school settings.
Inclusion in education happens when children with and without disabilities participate and learn together in the same classes. But simply placing children with and without disabilities in the same classrooms does not produce positive outcomes. Inclusion truly happens when there is ongoing advocacy, planning and support. When this happens, children that are educated together experience positive academic and social outcomes.