Inclusive education: the key to teaching kids that disabilities are a natural part of life

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Dan Habib shares his experience raising his son, Samuel, who has cerebral palsy, in order to address the need for inclusive education in schools. According to Habib, “50% of kids with intellectual and developmental disabilities spend their entire day segregated in special education classrooms.” This is despite the fact that statistically, kids with disabilities who participate in inclusive schools have better communication skills, higher academic achievement, wider social networks, and fewer behavior problems. According to research, inclusive classrooms are beneficial for kids without disabilities as well. Habib’s core message is a simple one: it is essential that we teach our kids, both with disabilities and without, that disabilities are a normal part of life.

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