Special Education Students and Inclusion

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Abstract Inclusion remains a controversial concept in education because it relates to educational and social values as well as to our sense of individual worth. Some believe that all students belong in the regular education classroom, and that “good” teachers are those who can meet the needs of all the students, regardless of what those needs may be. However, any discussion about inclusion should address several important questions: Do we value all children equally? What do we mean by “inclusion”? Are there some children for whom “inclusion” is inappropriate? While recognizing that there are no simple answers, this paper attempts to give an overview of the concept of inclusion and offers some information that may help to ensure that group of educators and parents meet the needs of all students. Students with Disabilities and the Positive Effects of Inclusion Special education has undergone immense changes through the years. Research and studies on the debate of whether or not inclusion is appropriate for special education students has always been in question. The question has always been; what is best for these students? Schools and teachers are becoming leaders in the exploration of new paths, in search of new teaching styles and techniques. Mainstreaming or inclusion at the middle school and high school level, which is educating students with special needs in regular classes with their non-disabled peers, has proven to be beneficial for the special education students’ cognitive and social developmental needs. It can not only benefit the handicapped students but all students in the classroom. What is a Learning Disorder? Before developing an opinion on the matter of inclusion, one must first fully comprehend what a learning disorder is. According to the National Center for Learning Disabilities (2012), a learning disorder is a “specific neurological
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