Integration does NOT mean:
- "Dumping" students with disabilities into regular programs without preparation or supports.
- Locating special education classes in separate wings at a regular school.
- Grouping students with a wide range of disabilities and needs in the same program.
- Ignoring children's individual needs.
- Exposing children to unnecessary hazards or risks.
- Placing unreasonable demands on teachers and administrators.
- Ignoring parents' concerns.
- Isolating students with disabilities in regular schools.
- Placing older students with disabilities at schools for younger children or other non age-appropriate settings.
- Maintaining separate schedules for students in special education and regular education.
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