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As described on January 18, 2013 to "The Mary and Melissa Show," a call-in advocacy radio show by parents for parents raising children with disabilities.

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Inclusive Educators…

  • Realize that inclusion is for every student. One of the most powerful of human needs is to belong.

  • Flip old conceptions of places and labels in favor of individual student needs.

  • Understand that Inclusion does not mean 100% of the students spend 100% of the day in the general education classroom. Inclusion and Individualization are synonymous. 

  • Realize that "The integration of professionals within a school system is a prerequisite to the successful integration of students. We cannot ask our students to do things which we as professionals are unwilling to do." –Harris (1987)

  • Recognize the difference between an adult issue and a student issue and minimize the focus on the first.

  • Collaborate like they mean it! And Learn to have courageous conversations.

  • Recognize three types of inclusion: Physical, Academic, and Social.

  • Commit to issues of equity and access.

  • Understand that there is no such thing as excellence without equity.

  • Understand that there are no unique methodologies for students with disabilities.

  • Recognize that instructional accommodations/scaffolding offers a magic option for almost every student.

  • Believe in miracles.

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