3 Things I Learned:
– I learned that 56% of kids with a disability will spend their entire day being segregated, either in an inclusive education classroom or in an inclusive education school. I did not realize that there was so much segregation in schools.
– I learned that there are academic benefits to students who are learning in an inclusive setting. In one study, there was a 15 point grade average increase in students academic achievement who worked in an classroom along side their peers with inclusive needs, rather than segregating them.
– I learned that some people with disabilities face challenges every day that I take for granted. For example, Wheelchair accessibility has never crossed my mind before, but after watching the video and reading the blog, I find myself thinking about all the places I visit daily, and wondering how accessible they are.
2 Connections I Made:
– After hearing about the study where all students did better when working in a classroom who had students with inclusive needs because when you work collaboratively with a student who might require more assistance you are engaged more with the curriculum, I was able to put it into perspective. I made the connection about how I do better at things when they are not just affecting me.
– After reading Kelsey’s blog post about having a conversation with a person who has a disability, I realized how unsure society is on how to communicate with, socialize with, and live amongst a person with a disability. I realize how unfamiliar some of society is with disabilities and I realized how unfamiliar I am with certain disabilities. I have never had a classmate with a physical disability, and I only have one child in my daycare now with a physical disability.
1 Question I Still Have:
– Will schools become more integrated, or will they continue to segregate students with disabilities and students without disabilities.