What is Inclusion?

An inclusive classroom is a general education classroom where students with and without disabilities learn together. Inclusive classrooms are welcoming and support the diverse academic, social, emotional, and communication needs of all students.  The philosophy of inclusion encourages all students to learn together as much as possible and is responsive to the needs of all students, as all students learn differently.

Section 1003.57(1)(a), F.S.: Defines inclusion to mean...

“...a student with a disability receiving education in a general education regular class setting, reflecting natural proportions and age-appropriate heterogeneous groups in core academic and elective or special areas within the school community; a student with a disability is a valued member of the classroom and school community; the teachers and administrators support universal education and have knowledge and support available to enable them to effectively teach all children; and access is provided to technical assistance in best practices, instructional methods, and supports tailored to the student’s needs based on current research.”