Updated: Jun 24
Are you feeling alone with dreams of inclusion only to be frustrated at every turn?
You are not alone.
When I started this pilgrimage around the blogosphere three years ago I felt very alone. I felt like I was the only one feeling cognitive dissonance. A special education classroom teacher longing for other people who had a passion for inclusive education.
Sounds contradictory right? I went to an inclusive minded teacher preparation program. But when I got my first job in public school I soon realized that our educational system in the United States was not inherently setup for inclusive practices.
So what is one to do? I started searching for resources. But I failed. I couldn’t find very many.
After a few years I decided to start connecting myself to people that thought like me about education. I am happy to say that I’ve found some awesome people. And I think you should meet them.
I asked some inclusive thought leaders from around the world to describe what their dream was for inclusion. Inclusion with the big “I”. Here is what they came up with.
Brenda Lee – In-kloo-zhuhn
I want equity for all. Everyone gets what they need and everyone is treated like a valued human being
Amanda Morin – The Everything Parent’s Guide To Special Education
I want to live in a world in which inclusion is so commonplace and seamless that we no longer see news stories about how inspiring it is that X kid was invited to the prom by the football player (or similar stories).
Beth Foraker – National Catholic Board on Full Inclusion
I want to see a world where access to opportunity and jobs and housing and schooling is just something that is intrinsic in our society, not something we have to work so hard for…and I also want the least “able” person to be considered worthy and valuable so that our society says:”What will it take to have him here? Let’s provide the supports needed.” Instead of the current notion which feels like: “Why would you want to come here? You’re not part of us. You don’t have anything to offer a