From exclusion to segregation to integration, and now inclusion. Inclusive education is a topic that has been around for years and one we have progressed slowly on. It is an educational philosophy that values the education and participation of all students in the same classroom, regardless of any challenges they may have. It means that all students with and without disabilities are placed in age-appropriate general education classes that are in their own neighborhood schools. There, they receive high-quality instruction, interventions, and support that enable them to meet success in the core curriculum. Despite the federal laws that have been imposed to ensure equal access for and treatment of people with disabilities, long-standing assumptions and stereotypes have gone on.
Even to this day, there are many misconceptions about inclusive education that have been proven otherwise. Inclusive education is a basic right and as studies have revealed, it provides a better quality education for all children. It is key in changing discriminatory attitudes. When education is more inclusive, so are concepts of community, employment, and civic participation. For example, studies have shown that for 11,000 students with disabilities of all types, more time in general class equaled less absences. Other studies have demonstrated that inclusive classrooms lead to higher scores for children with and without disabilities. This exhibit is meant to help bring awareness to the power of inclusive education and how much it benefits.