Top Five Takeaways from COPAA’s 21st Annual Conference (Part 5 of 5).

Inclusion works

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) establishes a student’s right to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). To the maximum extent appropriate, children with disabilities …are educated with children who are not disabled and removal of children with disabilities from the regular educational environment occurs only when the nature or severity of the disability of a child is such that education in regular classes with the use of supplementary aids and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily, this is commonly referred to as the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). Research shows inclusion helps not only the children with special needs through their interactions of typical peers, but the peers having more empathy and more skills in dealing with people with various abilities.

When children graduate from high school, and get in the real world, they’re going to interact with people having a wide spectrum or range of abilities, understanding how to deal with a wide range of people with various abilities is a factor of becoming a good leader or manager in any role later in life.

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