10 Reasons to Support Inclusive School Communities for ALL Students

1. Support of Civil Rights

1 Support of Civil Rights. An elementary school aged boy in a wheelchair with a backpack on his lap. He is in a classroom with other peers who all have their backpacks and are getting ready to leave the classroom

Like all students, those with disabilities have the right to attend regular schools and general education classes. Inclusion is a civil rights issue. In a democratic society, every person is to be afforded equal opportunities; segregated settings and marginalization from mainstreamed American experiences symbolize society’s rejection of a segment of the population. Participation in inclusive schools and communities provides students with and without disabilities the experience of a society that values and includes all its citizens.

Article: Reconsidering LRE: Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities and the Persistence of Separate Schools

Tool: Inclusive Education Roadmap

Article: TIES Center's Core Values