Inclusive Education Frequently Asked Questions
What is inclusive education?
Inclusive education is method of education in which students with disabilities have the appropriate supports and accommodations in place to help them thrive. This may or may not include educating them in full-time classes with general student population; what works best depends on each student. Inclusive education can be contrasted with the special education approach, where students with disabilities are fully segregated from the general student population and don't get the supports they need.
Why is inclusive education a good thing?
Inclusive education has been shown to be highly beneficial to students with disabilities. The benefits include
Higher scores in math, reading, and language
Greater involvement in school clubs
Fewer absences and disciplinary referrals
Improved confidence and social skills
Higher graduation rates and enrollment in post-secondary education
Higher earnings and employment rates after graduation
These benefits are seen across numerous countries and among several age groups. For a more detailed list of the benefits of inclusive education, click here
Will it impair the quality of education for non-disabled students?
No! Studies neutral or positive affects on academic outcomes for non-disabled students. There are also several clear social benefits, including greater tolerance and improved confidence.
If inclusive education is such a good thing, why has it not been universally adopted?
There are many reasons for this, including misconceptions about disabled students, reluctance among teachers, inadequate training, and funding shortfalls. To read more about the barriers to inclusive education click here.
What are some strategies or resources that would support the implementation of inclusive education?
Disabled employees have been found to have above average safety records, and there is no evidence than hiring disabled employees results in more litigation or liability expenses