Integration DOES mean:
Educating all children with disabilities in regular school settings regardless of the degree or severity of their disabilities.
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- Providing special services within the regular schools.
- Supporting regular teachers and administrators.
- Involving students with disabilities in as many academic classes and extracurricular activities as possible, including math, social studies, language arts, reading, art, music, gym, field trips, assemblies, and graduation exercises.
- Arranging for students with disabilities to use the school cafeteria, library, playground, and other facilities along with non-disabled students.
- Encouraging friendships and social relationships between non-disabled students.
- Arranging for students with disabilities to receive their education and job training in regular community environments when appropriate
- Teaching all children to understand and accept human differences.
- Placing children with disabilities in the same schools they would attend if they did not have disabilities.
- Taking parents' concerns and preferences about integration seriously.
- Providing an appropriate Individualized Educational Program (IEP).