Inclusion — The practice of providing a child with disabilities with his or her education within the general education classroom, with the supports and accommodations needed by that student. This inclusion typically takes place at the student's neighborhood school.

Inclusive education has six clearly stated beliefs and principles that consistently underpin practice. These principles are:

  • All children can learn.
  • All children attend age-appropriate regular educational classrooms in their local schools.
  • All children receive appropriate educational programs.
  • All children receive a curriculum relevant to their needs.
  • All children participate in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.
  • All children benefit from cooperation and collaboration among home, school and community.
Child looking in a mirror
Photo courtesy William Bronston, M.D.