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Why Inclusion?

Most students can be served by good teachers without specialized degrees.  Inclusion simply requires a heart for service, problem solving skills, and above all a willingness to allow the Holy Spirit to lead.

Why Inclusion instead of Special Education?

Two frameworks were considered as we sought to work with students who struggle.  Special Education traditionally seeks to diagnose and treat what is wrong with students.  It requires specialists and often leads to children being served in isolated settings.  Many parents who experienced special education as children do not want it for their own children.  Additionally, Seventh-day Adventist schools cannot realistically be expected to fund special educators and other support services.

Inclusion relies heavily on creating a culture in which students with a variety of learning styles and needs can succeed.  It empowers teachers to focus on each student’s strengths and abilities while problem solving, and creating accommodations for areas of weakness.  For students with greater needs, inclusion allows for outside support from the public schools and local resources.  

In the REACH manual you will find strategies for creating an inclusive classroom or better yet, an inclusive school.  This is vital and should not be overlooked.  Please refer to the appendix beginning on page 76.  The second component is a checklist of potential solutions to the challenges of individual students as well as a process for creating a support team.