ERIC Number: ED358672
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Action for Inclusion: How To Improve Schools by Welcoming Children with Special Needs into Regular Classrooms.
O'Brien, John; And Others
This manual outlines a process for building the good working relationships needed to develop inclusive school environments. It outlines five steps involved in achieving inclusion of children with special needs in ordinary classrooms: (1) clarify the family's intention to include their child in the neighborhood school and get to know the child's dreams and gifts; (2) enlist the principal's help in including the student; (3) enroll the classroom teacher in including the student; (4) involve the student's classmates in welcoming the student to the class; and (5) gather the people involved (students, family members, teachers, and administrators) to develop a process for adaptation of curriculum and class routine, through the MAPS (making action plans) technique. The approach involves designating someone to act as a consultant to facilitate integration; this consultant can work for the school or can begin as an ally of the family and build a relationship with school personnel as the process continues. (JDD)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Environment, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Mainstreaming, Parent School Relationship, Program Implementation, School Community Relationship, Secondary School Students, Social Action, Social Integration, Special Needs Students
Inclusion Press, 24 Thome Crescent, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6H 8S5 ($12, plus $3 shipping; quantity: $10, plus $3 shipping).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Imperial Oil Co. Ltd., Toronto (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: Centre for Integrated Education, Toronto (Ontario).
Note: Published by Inclusion Press.