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Re: Total Inclusion

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Rosa Juliusdottir (rojul)
Fri, 29 Oct 1999 08:04:15 -0500


I just want to say how much I agree with these words of Linda K:
"I like inclusion most of the time, because it exposes the regular classes
to special needs students and helps to break down more prejudices and
promotes acceptance of diversity which I believe is very valuable in
education, no matter what the curriculum." Linda K. Exactly my thoughts.
We have total inclusion most of the time in the icelandic school system.
But it matters that it is "total", not just that the student is present,
she/he must feel included be a part of the class. I have a severely
handicapped student in one of my art classes at the art School, he is
physically handicapped not cognitively disabled, but cannot speak much, and
is a wonderful artist even though he can use his arms very, very limited.
But the other students in this class have learned so much more both about
art and life by being with him that it is great. I do try to make all the
projects so that this student can also succeed and I have actually found
that easy. I also have a student with Asberger syndrome in another class he
is a fantastic artist too and again it is the other students who benefit by
having this "handicapped" student with them. And finally I myself have
learned so much by having handicapped/disabled students in my classes
through the years that I would not have wanted to be without it.
Best regards from the far north,
Rosa