Essay about Disability and Inclusive Education

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Elena Rodriguez
Edu 26- D01W
September 27, 2012

Children with disabilities should not be denied the right to have an education along with other children their age without disabilities in the same school setting. Although many people may not agree with the inclusion classrooms, others think it is a great idea. Well planned strategies and the collaboration and cooperative intentions of all teachers, parents and effort of the students’ inclusion classrooms can be successful all over the world. In my opinion having inclusion classrooms cannot only be a benefit to children with disabilities it can also be a great experience for all other children. Teachers have a big burden on their shoulders, which is to educate children today to prepare them for the future and what society expects from them. Inclusive classrooms would be a big challenge for teachers but also a big achievement. Teachers with the proper preparation in the field and special education can ensure effective communication with all of their students. For example, in the case study Health and Ability/Disability in Inclusive Classrooms, a Kindergarten teacher Margaret Burns states that with her preparation as a regular teacher combined with the expertise of a specialist created an effective and positive learning environment for all children. Good teachers can offer challenging materials for all students, but also meeting the needs of those who learn differently. This can be accomplished with the cooperative intentions of the teacher and the specialist in the classroom. If teachers can reach each child, not by teaching them all the same, but by teaching each child on their individual level, the teachers demonstrate that they are communicating effectively amongst each other. In addition to the role of teachers, parents are a very important factor in the education of the students. Parents who are involved in the child’s education can ensure that the child is receiving the correct material and actually understanding it and provide feedback to the teachers. In the case of the parents of children with disabilities, these inclusion classrooms may be scary at first. Parents can think their child would be excluded from activities due to their limitations or even feel as if they are not learning anything. However, in the same case study mentioned above, the parent of Carol who requires a wheelchair for mobility thinks absolutely the opposite. She has seen the progress in her child and has informed the school. Since attending these inclusion classrooms, Carol has become lively and eager to go to school and learn. This is due to the fact that the teachers accommodate class lessons so that she can participate. The amount of feedback obtained from parents can determine whether inclusion classrooms are being