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> From: PurpleArt
> Date: Mon, 1 Nov 1999 21:14:22 EST
> To: artsednet.edu
> Subject: inclusion to what point...?
> Hello friends, I posted this message a week ago, and just got it returned
> today as undeliverable. I am going to try again, so if you already did
> receive this once before, please disregard! I will add one point before I
> recopy my situation: I usually and enthusiastically support the inclusion of
> a wide variety of students with abilities and disabilities in my art
> classroom. However, the following is a recent concern:
> May I ask what your collective opinions are regarding total inclusion with
> students who are severely disabled both physically (blind, deaf & paralyzed)
> and mentally and are so
> medically fragile that they rely on a nurse and a full time Education
> Assistant to just survive the day in a public school setting? I have
> experienced severely fragile, disabled students who suffer frequent grand mal
> seizures and others who
> often choked on their own saliva. We have no way of knowing what, if any,
> benefit-educationally or otherwise-these kids derive from sitting in a wheel
> chair, or lying on a slanted table in a public school classroom all day long.
> At the moment, our school district in it's infinite wisdom is charging a
> for the truancy of her multiply, severely disabled daughter. The mother
> insists that public school is not the least restrictive, most beneficial
> placement for her daughter so has kept her home for the past few months while
> the school hounds her to send the girl to school on the bus. When do
> sensitivity and
> common sense prevail?