Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Debate on Including Students with Disabilities in Mainstream Education Continues...

It wasn't that long ago that students with disabilities were taught separately from their able-bodied counterparts. While the trend has gradually changed towards greater inclusion for students with disabilities, the issue is still sensitive and difficult. This is especially true when speaking of those with great intellectual capacity and severe physical disabilities. In Florida, schools have had problems caring for students with severe disabilities, thus many students with high intellectual capacity and severe physical disabilities have spent time in classes well below levels that would be mentally stimulating. A recent article in the Tampa Bay Times highlights this continuing debate. Check it out:

http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/an-argument-for-inclusion/2112201

What do you think? If we are to push for inclusion in mainstream education for students with disabilities, what minimum measures should schools be required to follow to ensure the safety of those students?

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