June 17, 2014 § 1 Comment

Main Entry: in·clu·sion
Pronunciation: \in-ˈklü-zhən\
Function: noun
Etymology: Latin inclusion-, inclusio, from includere
Date: 1600
1 : the act of including : the state of being included 2 : something that is included: as a : a gaseous, liquid, or solid foreign body enclosed in a mass (as of a mineral) b : a passive usually temporary product of cell activity (as a starch grain) within the cytoplasm or nucleus 3 : a relation between two classes that exists when all members of the first are also members of the second — compare membership 3 4 : the act or practice of including students with disabilities in regular school classes
— in·clu·sion·ary \in-ˈklü-zhə-ner-ē\ adjective

Inclusion is maybe just not a big enough word anymore. Definition #4 is how many schools actually practice – prevailing attitude – “if the student goes to lunch, art and gym then we are practicing inclusion.”

It makes me want to whack my head off a wall!

I honestly don’t even think IEPs are helpful anymore – I don’t – it feels like a bunch of legal mumbo jumbo that can sometimes actually restrict kids more than help them grow! I don’t think they should be called IEPs but rather IAPs – Individualized Accessibility Plan. The pressure should NOT be on the child to conform and become more like everyone else! The pressure SHOULD in fact be on the adults/educators to find a way to embrace that child’s differences and help them shine. When did the word “special” become synonymous with the word bad in the special ed world? Special to me is different, beautiful and extraordinary – but NOT bad. Why do the schools push down that beauty?

If you haven’t noticed this is a bit of a rant tonight. There is so much behind it that I can’t publicly disclose but I wish I could and my heart races when I consider doing it. (I will say it’s in relation to my daughters education.)

I believe that if students are properly accommodated they can access the general curriculum in a way that is appropriate for them.

Teachers, Administrators, Therapist – stop focusing on what the kids can’t do and help them start building on what they can do in a way that elevates the good of everyone, including the general education students who are “included” in the lives of our special education students.

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§ One Response to Included?

  • olivedavis says:

    You hit the nail on the head again. There is so much I would like to share . That “prevailing attitude” you speak of is real and it is going to stick around for a while unless parents stick together and take a stand on it. In my relationship with the school most of my contact has been with the assistants, the sp needs teacher and the principal. The assistants were the the most inflicted with the “prevailing attitude” it seems. Maybe that is where the educating needs to be focused and they need to learn to embrace the children and they conform to accepting the kids and making the kids shine. Because of experiences with them I feel that inclusion is not being promoted as well as it could be in our school. Inclusion appears to be from where I stand…..she is here so she is included. To me that is tolerance …not inclusion. Thank God that experience will soon be becoming to an end for us. I hope things change not only for our school but everywhere. My daughter will be out of school for good soon but I will always have an interest in how sp needs children are treated not only in schools but everywhere. I hope I can still be your friend and share your blog even then. 🙂

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