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Key Elements of Inclusion

“What is Inclusion?The term inclusion implies a certain educational placement philosophy, interdisciplinary team planning approach, instructional method and attitude.”

“Inclusion DOES NOT necessarily mean that a student never leaves the class and is never paired with another student who receives special education services. Rather, it means that the student is truly a member of a class and is valued as much as any other student in that school. Inclusion means that a student will receive the support needed in order to be an active participant, contributor, and learner in his or her class, grade and school.”

“Based on successful inclusive education experiences in Maryland, it is clear that a key element for success is planning and the most significant factor in building an inclusive educational setting is the vision and leadership of the building administrator.”

What else does it take promote educational inclusion?  In an inclusive school, what do students, parents, and staff members believe?  Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Special Education and Early Intervention Services, and Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education prepared a list of 13 elements of inclusion.  Here are the first six:

Questions & Answers on Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Requirements of IDEA

When discussion of placement arises in an IEP meeting, often how much “inclusion” will be accessible for a student becomes a topic of conversation.  Where is “inclusion” in IDEA?  Is that term actually there?  Or is it a concept?  Least Restrictive Environment is the term IDEA uses to define placements.  The United States Department of Education, office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), published a guidance memo November 23, 1994 that answered these 10 common questions about Least Restrictive Environment.  (Keep in mind that this memo was issued before the two reauthorizations which may have changed the actual code references which were attached to the original IDEA).  Find the answers to all of these questions below.

  1. What are the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Requirements of Part B of IDEA?
  2. Does IDEA define the term “inclusion?”
  3. How can IDEA requirements be implemented to ensure that consideration is given to whether a student with a disability can be educated in the regular education environment with the use of supplementary aids and services before a more restrictive placement is considered?
  4. Does IDEA define the term “supplementary aids and services?”
  5. How frequently must a disabled student’s placement be reviewed under IDEA?
  6. If a determination is made that a student with a disability cannot be educated in regular classes with the provisions of supplementary aids and services, can school districts refuse to implement the student’s IEP in a specific class because of the unwillingness of a particular teacher to educate that student
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Is Inclusion Possible for Students with Disabilities in Hamilton County?

Chattanooga Inclusive Ed recently provided a requested white paper to Chattanooga 2.0 outlining current deficiencies in inclusive best practices in the Hamilton County Department of Education, a summary of evidence on the benefits of inclusion for children with and without exceptional needs, and concrete recommendations for reform. Here’s an excerpt from the white paper on how reforms for inclusive education have been successfully implemented in Metro Nashville public schools — a district larger, more urban and on average poorer than our own. If Metro Nashville can do it, surely we can too!

Several years ago, leaders in Metro Nashville Public Schools realized they had a serious problem with inclusion. In fact, Metro Nashville ranked last among Local Education Agencies (LEAs) according to the state’s Indicator 5 measures of inclusion. Over the past several years, Metro Nashville has

Stubborn Is…As Stubborn Does

Stubborn is…as Stubborn Does by Carol Johnson, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

“It is interesting to me how many people talk about their child’s stubborn behavior as if it was part and parcel with having Down syndrome. It isn’t. There are many people who are stubborn who do not have DS. In fact, in some situations, being stubborn is seen as a positive trait.”

“Think about it. If you were in a situation where you did not understand what was going on around you and people were trying to get you to do something you were unsure of, what would you do?”

“How can we change the pattern?”

Carol Johnson answers this question in an article she wrote on this topic.   While it was written from the standpoint of a child with Down Syndrome, many of her questions to consider would apply regardless of disability.  You can find it here Stubborn Is As Stubborn Does or http://www.ndsccenter.org/wp-content/uploads/stubborn.pdf

 

Transition Resources

The internet holds a plethora of resources on the topic of transition, whether it be to secondary education, employment or independent living.  Here are a few that we have discovered through the years. Some include older data, but their suggestions and recommendations are still valid.  

How Students with Disabilities Can Prepare for College – http://www.washington.edu/doit/college-you-can-do-it

Creating Options: A Resource on Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities  – https://heath.gwu.edu/files/downloads/2007_creating_options.pdf

The Disclosure Dilemma for Advocates by Laverne A Buchanan, Ed.D.

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june

sun26jun6:00 pm- 8:00 pmUpdate: Evergreen Bible ChurchMission Update6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST 118 West 9th StreetEvent Organized By: LifeLine, Inc.

july

mon4jul - 8jul 412:00 pmjul 8Joni & Friends Family RetreatFamily Retreat for Families Affected by Special Needs and Short Term Missions Opportunities for Those who Wish to Serve12:00 pm - 12:00 pm (8) EST 105 Delong Road, Nauvoo, AL Event TagsAlabama,Bethany Village,Camp McDowell,Family Camp,Family Retreat,Joni & Friends,Joni & Friends - Jackson,Joni & Friends Family Camp,Nauvoo,Short Term Missionary,Short Term Missions

august

sat13aug8:00 am- 3:00 pmAWANA Leadership ConferenceTraining AWANA Leadership to Include and Serve Clubbers with Special Needs8:00 am - 3:00 pm EST 1448 Pleasant Grove Drive NE, Dalton, GA 30721 Event TagsAutism,Autism Spetrum DIsorders,AWANA,AWANA Leadership Conference,Clubbers,Sensory Integration DIsorders

wed17aug12:00 pm- 1:00 pmLunch & Learn: Steps for Successful School YearBeginning a new school year with a child with special needs?12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST 925 Osburn Road, Chickamauga, GAEvent Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsIEP,Lunch & Learn,Michal Jones,Parent Trainng,Special Education,Walker County Schools Successful School Year

thu18aug6:30 pm- 8:30 pmSame Lake Different Boat Bible StudyA Bible study for families affected by disability and churches who wish to love them6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST 108 N. Jenkins Road, Rossville, GA 30741Event Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsBible,BIble Study,Church Disability Ministry,Disability,disability ministry,Fairview Baptist Church,Georgia,Rossville,Same Lake Different Boat,special needs ministry,Theology

sat20aug8:00 am- 3:00 pmAWANA Leadership ConferenceTraining AWANA Leadership to Include and Serve Clubbers with Special Needs8:00 am - 3:00 pm EST 1167 Angham Road Hiram, Georgia 30141Event Organized By: Brian Crowe, AWANA MIssionary for NWGA Event TagsAutism,Autism Spetrum DIsorders,AWANA,AWANA Leadership Conference,Clubbers,Sensory Integration DIsorders

wed24aug12:00 pm- 1:00 pmLunch & Learn: Basic Rights - Eligibility & TeamworkSpecial Education Basic RIghts & Responsibilities Part 112:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST 925 Osburn Road, Chickamauga, GAEvent Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsBasic Rights,Early Intervention,eligibility,IEP meeting,Lunch & Learn,Parent Training,Requirements,Special Education Eligibility,Support Groups

thu25aug6:30 pm- 8:30 pmSame Lake Different Boat Bible StudyA Bible study for families affected by disability and churches who wish to love them6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST 108 N. Jenkins Road, Rossville, GA 30741Event Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsBible,BIble Study,Church Disability Ministry,Disability,disability ministry,Fairview Baptist Church,Georgia,Rossville,Same Lake Different Boat,special needs ministry,Theology

mon29aug6:30 pm- 8:30 pmFamilyShare TN: Chattanooga Inclusive EdTopic: Chattanooga Inclusive Education Project6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST 1512 McBrien Road, East RIdge, TN 37412 Event TagsCale Horne,Chattanooga Inclusive Education,Education,Educators,Inclusion,Inclusive Education,Parents,Private School,Professionals,Special Education

wed31aug12:00 pm- 1:00 pmLunch & Learn: Basic Rights - IEP Content & IEP Team MembersSpecial Education Basic RIghts & Responsibilities Part 212:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST 925 Osburn Road, Chickamauga, GA Event TagsBasic Rights,Early Intervention,eligibility,IEP Contents,IEP meeting,IEP Team,IEPs,Lunch & Learn,Parent Training,Requirements,Special Education Eligibility,Support Groups

september

thu1sep6:30 pm- 8:30 pmSame Lake Different Boat Bible StudyA Bible study for families affected by disability and churches who wish to love them6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST 108 N. Jenkins Road, Rossville, GA 30741Event Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsBible,BIble Study,Church Disability Ministry,Disability,disability ministry,Fairview Baptist Church,Georgia,Rossville,Same Lake Different Boat,special needs ministry,Theology

tue6sep6:30 pm- 8:00 pmParenting Intentionally for Independence: One Family's StoryParenting Intentionally for Independence: One Family's Story6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EST 925 Osburn Road, Chickamauga, GAEvent Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsIndependence,Parenting,Parenting Education,Transition,Transition Planning

wed7sep12:00 pm- 1:00 pmLunch & Learn: Basic Rights - Advocating for Change in the IEPSpecial Education Basic RIghts & Responsibilities Part 312:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST 925 Osburn Road, Chickamauga, GA Event TagsAdvocacy,Advocacy Training,Basic Rights,Early Intervention,eligibility,IEP Contents,IEP meeting,IEP Team,Lunch & Learn,Parent Training,Requirements,Special Education Eligibility,Support Groups

thu8sep6:30 pm- 8:30 pmSame Lake Different Boat Bible StudyA Bible study for families affected by disability and churches who wish to love them6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST 108 N. Jenkins Road, Rossville, GA 30741Event Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsBible,BIble Study,Church Disability Ministry,Disability,disability ministry,Fairview Baptist Church,Georgia,Rossville,Same Lake Different Boat,special needs ministry,Theology

sat10sep9:00 am- 3:00 pmProject DOCC Parent Training 19:00 am - 3:00 pm 1400 McCallie Avenue Suite 112 Chattanooga, TN 37404Event Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsChattanooga,Children's Hostpital at Erlanger,Delivery of Chronic Care,Family Trainers,Pediatric Resident,Project DOCC,Resident Training,TCThomposon Children's Hospital

thu15sep6:30 pm- 8:30 pmSame Lake Different Boat Bible StudyA Bible study for families affected by disability and churches who wish to love them6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST 108 N. Jenkins Road, Rossville, GA 30741Event Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsBible,BIble Study,Church Disability Ministry,Disability,disability ministry,Fairview Baptist Church,Georgia,Rossville,Same Lake Different Boat,special needs ministry,Theology

thu22sep6:30 pm- 8:30 pmSame Lake Different Boat Bible StudyA Bible study for families affected by disability and churches who wish to love them6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST 108 N. Jenkins Road, Rossville, GA 30741Event Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsBible,BIble Study,Church Disability Ministry,Disability,disability ministry,Fairview Baptist Church,Georgia,Rossville,Same Lake Different Boat,special needs ministry,Theology

sat24sep9:00 am- 2:00 pmProject DOCC Parent Training Part 2For Parents Who Attended Part 1 on September 10, 20169:00 am - 2:00 pm EST 1400 McCallie Avenue Suite 112 Chattanooga, TN 37404Event Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsChildren's Hospital at Erlanger,Parent Trainers,Parents Advisory Council,Pediatric Residents,Project DOCC,Resident Training

wed28sep12:00 pm- 1:00 pmLunch & Learn: Taking Autism to SchoolHow to use an ASD diagnosis to access special education services12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST 925 Osburn Road, Chickamauga, GA Event Tags504 Plan,IEP,IEP Contents,IEP meeting,New Diagnosis,Special Education

thu29sep6:30 pm- 8:30 pmSame Lake Different Boat Bible StudyA Bible study for families affected by disability and churches who wish to love them6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST 108 N. Jenkins Road, Rossville, GA 30741Event Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsBible,BIble Study,Church Disability Ministry,Disability,disability ministry,Fairview Baptist Church,Georgia,Rossville,Same Lake Different Boat,special needs ministry,Theology

october

wed5oct12:00 pm- 1:00 pmLunch & Learn: ADD/ADHD Part 1ADD/ADHD in the Classroom—Increasing Participation with Inclusion Strategies12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST 925 Osburn Road, Chickamauga, GAEvent Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event Tagsaccommodations,ADD/ADHD,Attention Deficit,Attention Disorders,Classroom,Modifications

thu6oct6:30 pm- 8:30 pmSame Lake Different Boat Bible StudyA Bible study for families affected by disability and churches who wish to love them6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST 108 N. Jenkins Road, Rossville, GA 30741Event Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsBible,BIble Study,Church Disability Ministry,Disability,disability ministry,Fairview Baptist Church,Georgia,Rossville,Same Lake Different Boat,special needs ministry,Theology

wed12oct12:00 pm- 1:00 pmLunch & Learn: ADD/ADHD Part 2ADD/ADHD in the Classroom—Increasing Participation with Inclusion Strategies12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST 925 Osburn Road, Chickamauga, GA Event Tagsaccommodations,ADD/ADHD,Attention Deficit,Attention Disorders,Classroom,Modifications

thu13oct6:30 pm- 8:30 pmSame Lake Different Boat Bible StudyA Bible study for families affected by disability and churches who wish to love them6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST 108 N. Jenkins Road, Rossville, GA 30741Event Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsBible,BIble Study,Church Disability Ministry,Disability,disability ministry,Fairview Baptist Church,Georgia,Rossville,Same Lake Different Boat,special needs ministry,Theology

tue18oct6:30 pm- 8:00 pmClassroom Accommodations & ModificationsClassroom & Homework Strategies for Children Who Learn DIfferently6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EST 925 Osburn Road, Chickamauga, GA Event Tagsaccommodations,Accommodations & Modifications,Classroom,Classroom strategies,Homeschool,Modifications

thu20oct6:30 pm- 8:30 pmSame Lake Different Boat Bible StudyA Bible study for families affected by disability and churches who wish to love them6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST 108 N. Jenkins Road, Rossville, GA 30741Event Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsBible,BIble Study,Church Disability Ministry,Disability,disability ministry,Fairview Baptist Church,Georgia,Rossville,Same Lake Different Boat,special needs ministry,Theology

wed26oct12:00 pm- 1:00 pmLunch & Learn: Standing Up For Your Child Without Stepping on ToesAdvocating for Your Child without Becoming an Adversary12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST 925 Osburn Road, Chickamauga, GAEvent Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsAdvocacy,communication,Communication Skills,IEP meeting,IEP Team,Standing Up for Your Child Without Stepping on Toes,Vicki Carauna

thu27oct6:30 pm- 8:30 pmSame Lake Different Boat Bible StudyA Bible study for families affected by disability and churches who wish to love them6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST 108 N. Jenkins Road, Rossville, GA 30741Event Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsBible,BIble Study,Church Disability Ministry,Disability,disability ministry,Fairview Baptist Church,Georgia,Rossville,Same Lake Different Boat,special needs ministry,Theology