Last month I attended a wonderful conference from the Mississippi Parent Training and Information organization. The information is here. Check out their website also, there is a lot of great information for parents on it. Interacting with other professionals and parents was inspiring. I enjoyed the guest speaker, Charlene Comstock-Galagan, and all of the sessions I attended. The theme of the conference was inclusion.
What does inclusion mean?
Inclusion refers to including students with special needs into schools and other organizations with students who do not have special needs. There were professionals from schools only for students with special needs, and, in their opinion, their students benefitted from the specialized nature of the school. Other professionals thought that any school only for special needs students was a form of segregation. Needless to say, the conversations were thought-provoking.
My son, Tyler, attended a school only for children with special needs. I can see the importance of inclusion for some children with special needs, but in Tyler's case, I felt he was in the right place to get the best services he could get. As his mother, I wanted what was best for him, not what was best for another child.
I look forward to learning more about inclusion.
In my opinion, one size doesn't fit all. Whatever is right for your child is what I want for your family.
I'm the owner of Family First Braille, the author of this blog, and the editor of Family First Braille Magazine.