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INCLUSION

Maximizes Individual Growth Builds a Sense of Community
Children with Disabilities General Education Educators Society
  • affords a sense of belonging to the diverse human family
  • provides a diverse stimulating environment in which to grow and learn
  • evolves in feelings of being a member of a diverse community
  • development of friendships
  • provides opportunities to develop neighborhood friends
  • enhances self-respect
  • provides affirmations of individuality
  • provides peer models
  • provides opportunities to be educated with same-age peers
  • provides opportunities to experience diversity of society on a small scale in a classroom
  • develops an appreciation that everyone has unique and beautiful characteristics and abilities
  • develops sensitivity toward others' limitations
  • develops feelings of empowerment and the ability to make a difference
  • increases abilities to help and teach all classmates
  • develops empathetic skills
  • provides opportunities to vicariously put their feet in another child's shoes
  • enhances appreciation for the diversity of the human family
  • helps teachers appreciate the diversity of the human family
  • helps teachers recognize that all students have strengths
  • creates an awareness of the importance of direct individualized instruction
  • increases ways of creatively addressing challenges
  • teaches collaborative problem solving skills
  • develops teamwork skills
  • acquires different ways of perceiving challenges as a result of being on a multi-disciplinary team
  • enhances accountability skills
  • combats monotony
  • promotes the civil rights of all individuals
  • supports the social value of equality
  • teaches socialization and collaborative skills
  • builds supportiveness and interdependence
  • maximizes social peace
  • provides a miniature model of the democratic process
Based upon Creative Educators at Work: All Children Including Those with Disabilities Can Play Traditional Classroom Games, by Donna Raschke, Ph.D., and Jodi Bronson, Ed.S., 1999