School Inclusion for Kids with Disabilities
Jillian Benfield writes about her experience learning that her son will be born with Down syndrome. Benfield tells her audience that through her research, learning about school inclusion gave her a sense of comfort. “Inclusion” does not simply mean the placement of students with disabilities in general education classes. This process must incorporate fundamental change in the way a school community supports and addresses the individual needs of each child. As such, effective models of inclusive education not only benefit students with disabilities but also create an environment in which every student, including those who do not have disabilities, has the opportunity to flourish.