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Inclusive Education: The Basics

By Gary Bunch 2017

A snapshot introduction to Inclusive Education: Inclusive Education for students with disability remains a poorly understood concept and practice. It is confused by many who associate it with the traditional Special Education Model (Winzer, 1999). However, Inclusive Education is radically different from Special Education. Vaughn and Forest describe the genesis of Inclusive Education in Toronto, Canada in 1988. Furthermore, Inclusive Education for students with disability has been United Nations policy since 1999. In that year UNESCO leading educators from around the globe met in Salamanca, Spain to discuss the future of education for those with disabilities. Their final decision was to move from the segregation based Special Education Model to Inclusive Education, a model in which all students learn together in regular classroom settings. The Salamanca Statement endorsed Inclusive Education.

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