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Jennifer in Michigan
From: Rosa Juliusdottir <rojul>
To: Linda Kelty <lckelty>
Cc: artsednet.edu <artsednet.edu>
Date: Friday, October 29, 1999 4:10 AM
Subject: Re: Total Inclusion
>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,