ERIC Number: EJ1078463
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Aug
Social Inclusion: What It Is and Why It's Important?
Osher, David; Pickeral, Terry
State Education Standard, v13 n1 p14-19 Aug 2013
Social inclusion for students with disabilities builds on steps taken for physically and academically inclusive learning environments and highlights the need for all students having frequent opportunities to interact with a broad range of peers in a variety of settings within and outside the classroom setting. This article presents some suggestions from students with disabilities, who participated, along with their non-disabled partners, in a listening session conducted for the federal government's Interagency Working Group effort to develop a national Strategic Plan to Improve Outcomes for All Youth. The suggestions for social inclusion needed to: (1) Provide equal treatment, equal opportunities to learn, and more activities for youth with disabilities; (2) Give youth with disabilities time and opportunities to find things they love doing; (3) Provide opportunities for youth to engage in the arts so they can express themselves and have something to look forward to; (4) Provide mentors, tutors, and coaches to help youth with disabilities participate and do well in school; (5) Provide more opportunities for youth with and without disabilities to interact with one another; and (6) Involve more people in Special Olympics, and align Special Olympics sports with school sports to build shared activities among students with and without disabilities. When these suggestions are integrated into a safe, equitable, nurturing, and engaging school climate, social inclusion can improve special and general education students' sense of well-being and help them develop positive attitudes toward those different from them.
Descriptors: Inclusion, Social Attitudes, Disabilities, Educational Environment, Strategic Planning, Educational Improvement, Equal Education, Social Justice, Student Participation, Art Activities, Mentors, Tutors, Coaching (Performance), Student Needs, Success, Interaction, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Peer Relationship, Well Being, Consciousness Raising, Athletics
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