A Parent's Guide to Inclusive Education by terrypete


									  Know your education system
  chain of command to more
                                                              Questions to ask yourself when                     who can you                                             a parent’s
                                                              experiencing a problem?
  effectively advocate for your child.
                                                                                                                 call for help?
                                                                                                                                                                         guide to
                                                                • What is bothering me?
                                                                • Why is it bothering me? Does it
                                                                                                                 The Canadian Association for Community Living
                                                                  compromise my belief/value system?
                Provincial/Territorial Government                                                                (CACL) and the Provincial/Territorial and Local

                       Ministry of Education
                                                                • How does it make my child feel?
                                                                • When did it start?
                                                                • How long has it been going on?
                                                                                                                 Associations throughout Canada are here to help.

                                                                                                                 CACL is a national association of family members and
                                                                                                                 others working for the benefit of persons of all ages
                 School District/Division/Board
                    (Trustees, Superintendents)
                                                                • Who is involved?
                                                                • Do I have the time to pursue a solution
                                                                  to it?
                                                                                                                 who have an intellectual disability.

                                                                                                                 We are here to help you as you negotiate the
                                                                                                                 educational system and we work strategically with
                                                                • What will happen if I don’t solve this         other disability rights organizations to promote our
                               School                                                                            vision for inclusive education.
               (Principal, Vice-Principal, School Staff )         problem?
                                                                • Are my emotions clouding my judgment?
                             Classroom                          • Do I feel empowered to act on my child’s
                                                                                                                       Inclusive Education Website
                              (Teacher)                           behalf?                                               www.inclusiveeducation.ca
                                                                • Are there complicating factors that need       This web site promotes the Canadian vision for
                                                                  to be taken into account? (e.g. lack of        inclusive education. It has been designed as a
                                                                                                                 meeting place for parents, family members,
Advocacy                                                          knowledge about how the system works,
                                                                  the mixing up of several different people      teachers, education officials and community
Actively supporting the inclusive education of your               with different responsibilities, etc.)         members who are committed to making inclusive
child by…                                                                                                        education a reality in our communities. It is
                                                                • Do I have the energy to pursue this issue
                                                                                                                 organized in three areas: Advocate; Learn; Engage.
  • Keeping the best interests of your child front                at the present time?
    and foremost.
  • Accepting that there will be differences in
                                                                                                                   Contact the Provincial/Territorial
    opinions or positions on how inclusive                                                                                 ACL in your area:
    education happens.
                                                            “...Education of persons with disabilities                       www.cacl.ca
  • Working together with members of the
    education system to resolve these differences.          must foster their participation in society,                                      Canadian Association for
                                                                                                                                             Community Living
  • Supporting common interests or motivations.             their sense of dignity and self worth and                                        Kinsmen Building,
  • Finding champions for inclusive education                                                                                                York University
    within your school community.
                                                            the development of their personality,
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  • Enlisting the help of others when you are               abilities and creativity…”                                                       Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
    experiencing difficulties.                                         United Nations Convention on the Rights                               Telephone: (416) 661-9611
                                                                       of People with Disabilities, 2007                                     Fax: (416) 661-5701
                                                                                                                                             email: inform@cacl.ca

                                                                                                                                                                               Diversity includes.
                                                        our vision                                                       ...inclusion and parents...
                                                        for inclusive
                                                                                                                your child’s education plan
                                                                                                               Who should be around the table?                      Collaborative planning
                                                        in Canada...                                                                                                Working together, as a team to…
                                                                                                                                                                     1. Participate in effective meetings
                                                        Inclusive education means that all students are                                                              2. Share meaningful information and skills
                                                        educated in regular classrooms, with their same-                                  You                        3. Solve problems and address issues as they
                                                        aged peers. It does not mean that individual               Principal                                            arise
                                                        students cannot leave the classroom for specific               or                             Classroom      4. Make decisions by mutual agreement
                                                        reasons. A student may need one-on-one assistance          designate                           teacher       5. Work out any differences or disagreements
                                                        in a particular subject area.                                                                                   that may arise

                                                        When an education system is inclusive, serious                                Your                                  Setting                 Gathering
                                                        thought is given to how often a student may be
                                                                                                                 External             Child              Resource          direction               and sharing

what is                                                 outside of a regular classroom and the reasons that
                                                        this may happen. This pull-out is not encouraged and
                                                        must be time-limited for a specific purpose. It does
                                                                                                                clinicians                                teacher
                                                                                                                                                                                       Your child’s

inclusive                                               not mean that students with certain characteristics
                                                        are grouped together in separated classrooms for all                 In-School          Educational

education?                                              or part of the school day.

                                                        Within regular classrooms, opportunities are
                                                                                                                             clinicians          assistant
                                                                                                                                                                        and reviewing
                                                                                                                                                                                                      and writing
                                                        developed for all students to learn together even                                                                 the plan                     the plan
Inclusive education is about how we develop and
                                                        though some students may have different
design our schools, classrooms, programs and                                                                   How do you participate?
                                                        educational goals. An inclusive education system
activities so that all students can learn and
participate together.
                                                        does not separate certain students within regular       • Clearly explain your child’s needs and            Conflict resolution
                                                        classrooms.                                               expectations.                                      • Know what the problem is
Inclusive education happens when all students can                                                               • Partner with teachers to work towards goals.       • Find out the causes of the problem
attend and are welcomed into their neighbourhood                                                                • Advocate for supports for your child and their     • Produce and think about alternatives
schools in age-appropriate, regular classes and are                                                               teachers.                                          • Decide and begin working on a course of action
supported to learn, contribute and participate in all                                                           • Share information.                                 • Check back for success
aspects of the life of the school.                                                                              • Apply your child’s learning at home and with
                                                                                                                  activities in the community.

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