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Integration does NOT mean:

  1. "Dumping" students with disabilities into regular programs without preparation or supports.
  2. Locating special education classes in separate wings at a regular school.
  3. Grouping students with a wide range of disabilities and needs in the same program.
  4. Ignoring children's individual needs.
  5. Exposing children to unnecessary hazards or risks.
  6. Placing unreasonable demands on teachers and administrators.
  7. Ignoring parents' concerns.
  8. Isolating students with disabilities in regular schools.
  9. Placing older students with disabilities at schools for younger children or other non age-appropriate settings.
  10. Maintaining separate schedules for students in special education and regular education.
Children at a bus stop
Photo courtesy Mary Ulrich