Integration DOES mean:
- Educating all children with disabilities in regular schools.
- Providing related services within the regular school.
- Supporting regular teachers and administrators.
- Having students with disabilities follow the same schedules as other children.
- Involving students with disabilities in as many academic classes and extracurricular activities as possible, including music, gym, field trips, assemblies, and graduation exercises.
- Arranging for students with disabilities to use the school cafetenia, library, playground, and other facilities at the same time as other students.
- Encouraging helper and buddy relationships between typical students and those with disabilities.
- Teaching all children to understand and accept human differences.
- Including parents as part of the team.
Integration DOES NOT mean:
- Dumping students with disabilities into regular classrooms without preparation and 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.
- Maintaining separate schedules for special education students and regular education student
Reprinted with permission: The Collaborator, a publication of theWilliam and Mary Resource/Collaborative Teaching Masters in Education Program at the College of William and Mary, Vol.4, (3), Winter 1995.