For those of you who might be reading this and don’t know what inclusion means I’m going to give the two definitions in my text book, The Exceptional Child.
“Inclusion means that children with special needs attend preschool, child care, recreational programs, and school with typically developing peers.” (page 4)
This is going to be the most basic definition. It’s pretty straight forward, but there is more to the idea and philosophy of inclusion . “Inclusion is about belonging, being valued, and having choices . . . about accepting and valuing human diversity and providing the necessary support so that all children and their families can participate successfully in the programs of their choice. . . This means that programs must be sensitive to and respectful of different cultural values, beliefs, and practices.” (page 4)
I really appreciated those two definitions together. They give start to paint the picture of what an inclusive classroom and program will look like. There is so much more to inclusion, keep an eye out for future posts about: Inclusion: Concerns, Challenges & Benefits, Implementing & Facilitating Inclusion, and Creating an Inclusive Classroom.
In the meantime, here are some additional resources on inclusion:
- My Research Project Inclusion for a different class has some quick basic information on the topic.
- Here is a link to a joint position statement on inclusion from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Division for Early Childhood. (DEC).
- The website The Inclusive Class, is a fantastic resource. They have podcasts and lots of helpful information.
- My Pinterest Board: Pre K: Inclusion
- And a cute animal inclusion cartoon for good measure:
Lots of love and sunshine, Ms. Sarah