This week George Martin shares a comment from a father who's daughter was always included during her education. Educators should take the relationship between Community Participation and the way we educate students with disabilities very seriously.
The goal of education for all students should be preparation for life in the community. How and how well students are educated will make a huge difference in how they take part in community life.
It matters if students with disabilities are educated in the same classrooms, with students without disabilities: Here is one father’s testimony on that point: “My daughter’s educational experience proves that “inclusion or universal education” is DEFINITELY the correct way to go. Her outcome has, and is still, paying BIG dividends in the community and work world.”
This ‘daughter’ is no longer in school, and she is well connected to the larger community and contributes to its well-being.