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Isn’t full inclusion a child’s right?
Suzanne writes: I am a parent advocate and the parent of a child with autism. I attended an IEP meeting for a 6 year old child with autism in a neighboring school district.
The child’s IEP Team plans to place the child in a self-contained "learning handicapped" class. The child’s mother wants her daughter to be fully included with an aide. The IEP Team won't budge.
Am I missing something?
I was able to place my five-year-old daughter in a regular Kindergarten class with an aide. I didn't run into this problem.
Isn't full inclusion a child's right?
full inclusion is not a right. Many parents and educators are surprised
to learn that the word "inclusion" is not in the statute (although
The IDEA requires that disabled chidren receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE). The least restrictive environment (LRE) requirement is often referred to as inclusion or mainstreaming.
school districts place children with disabilities in separate special
education programs where they are segregated from children who are
not disabled? Sometimes. Policies about inclusion vary from one
state or jurisdiction to another -- and even between neighboring
When you finish reading IDEA Requirements: Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) and FAPE, you will understand why we cannot give a clear "yes" or "no" answer to your questions about inclusion.