What is Inclusion?

games2.jpgInclusive education means that students with disabilities are supported in age-appropriate general education classes in schools and receive the specialized instruction delineated by their individualized education programs (IEP) within the context of the core curriculum and general class activities. Research has shown that students with special needs who spent more time in regular education classrooms experienced better outcomes. Children in regular education classrooms develop empathy, compassion, and learn how to be a friend to a child with special needs. All children benefit from thoughtful and coordinated inclusion time. Inclusion is research-based, cost-effective, a legal right, and based on a philosophy that no one deserves to be denied access to general education based on his/her disability. At the FMA we are strong promoters of inclusion and the staff work together to help facilitate the least restrictive and most appropriate classroom settings for each child. The FMA is committed to the inclusion of all its students into general education.

What is the FMA full inclusion program?
The FMA offers a full inclusion program for children with special needs, kindergarten through grade five, including many who have autism. Under the guidance of an inclusive educator, Jeffrey Jardin and two paraprofessionals, these students are in the general education classrooms for all of their school day and receive educational support during specific academic and social activities. In a typical year, there will be 5-10 of these students on Jeff’s caseload.

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