> Inclusion is great where it can succeed. Not all sped students can work
>in a regular classroom. We have to remember to take in account the
>needs and abilities when making decisions such as these.
>Jennifer in Michigan
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 div
ersity 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,
>>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
>>is a fantastic artist too and again it is the other students who benefit
>>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,