Inclusive Education and Children with Disabilities

Innovative Solutions for Inclusive Education

Innovative Solutions for Inclusive Education

There is always a difference between theory and practice. The ideology behind inclusive education is that all children, regardless of if they have a disability or not, be provided with access to the same level of education. The educational needs of all children can be met within the same classroom.

Inclusive education is a noble goal; by teaching children together they will bond better and many of the current stereotypes and bias can be avoided.

However, there are some issues when dealing with the practicality of teaching disabled and non-disabled children together. It is important to look at ways to overcome these.

The Resources Are There!

One of the biggest issues to inclusive education is often seen as a lack of resources. However, this is not actually the case!

Resources are seen to mean text books, computer screens and even pens and pencils. But, the best resource a school has is the teachers. They are the ones that impart knowledge.

The difference must be in the approach. Instead of sticking to traditional methods; a text book and a blackboard; the teachers must be free to use the resources around them. All children learn best through engagement and repetition. By using the local community and the space outside of the classroom children can easily have access to all the resources they need; whether learning words, math or even physics!

Practical Issues

If a disabled student is in a wheelchair it does not mean they cannot perform the same task as the non-disabled students. It simply means a little extra planning. Despite the initial concerns it can actually be very simple to negotiate the majority of these issues.

In many cases the issue is best solved by talking to the disabled child; they will know what they need to complete the task in hand!

Involvement

One of the best and most powerful ways to ensure an inclusive education is not only viable, but a better option; is to involve the children.

Engaging the children by communicating with them and teaching in a way that captures their imaginations has several benefits:

  • They become active learners instead of passive.
  • They want to be educated and the level of learning will increase dramatically.
  • Children are taught that they can change and influence things; this is important right through life.
  • Democracy and equal rights are simply part of their lives; not something they need to learn about. Children in inclusive education simply accept each other.

The key is to ensure that the children are consulted at each step of the journey. The teacher has the knowledge but the children hold the key to how it is distributed. Engaging them allows them to want to learn.

Support

There will always be times when it is difficult to know how to provide the best possible environment for every child. To ensure inclusive education is successful all teachers must have easy access to support. This could be the head of the, school or a separate body which can provide advice and support as needed.

Parents

Finally, it is also vital to involve the parents and wider community. They can take the strain and assist when needed. They will also be inspired to make the inclusive education a success. Working as a community will allow the adults to set a good example for the children.


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