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.
related article Why Special Education is a Civil Right: A special education teacher shares her ideas about why special education, in general, and inclusion, specifically, is a civil rights issue.
related article Inclusive education: Lessons from history: This article gives a brief history of how education moved from exclusion to inclusion, and why inclusive education is a civil right.
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