Will having a child with a disability in my typical child's classroom negatively impact their learning?
This is a valid question, asked by parents who likely never experienced inclusion in their own school careers even though IDEA was passed over 45 years ago. Well, here is what you need to know: the evidence based research that has been done since the passage of IDEA shows that in inclusive environment benefits ALL students. When a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) model is used, the extra supports for put in place for those with significant disabilities actually help typical students who might struggle. High ability learners also can provide peer model support and gain a higher level of mastery, by helping to teach struggling students. Many schools are going to a co-teaching model where special ed teachers pair with general ed teachers to make sure learners at all levels are supported.
Why are we making this October about acceptance and inclusion? Because it benefits EVERYONE!
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Down Syndrome Advocates in Action Nebraska, is a group for parents run by parents.