This opinion piece in the Reno Gazzette-Journal titled Schools Need to Stop Segregating Children With Disabilities hits the nail on the head.
I could have written this about my own school district; and I have written about many of these same statistics and reference points for inclusion such as -
- Numerous studies over the past 30 years (40 now, I believe) show that students with disabilities being educated in an inclusion setting perform better than their peers with disabilities who are educated in a segregated setting
- Higher graduation rates in districts that have higher inclusion rates
- Inclusion benefits the students who don't have disabilities, too
- Students would remain at their neighborhood school instead of being bused to schools farther away
I am glad that Kayla is now in a school, albeit private, that believes in inclusion; but I still wish our local district did a better job in the public schools.
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