Inclusion in the classroom: What does it look like?
The results are in…Inclusion works!
Research shows that educating children with disabilities alongside typical peers is beneficial for both the student with disabilities and the typical student. Students with disabilities in inclusive classrooms progress substantially and show academic gains in a number of areas, including on-task behavior and motivation to learn. But, unfortunately quality inclusive education doesn’t just happen; it requires careful planning and preparation.
Rick Clemens, has been working with students with moderate-severe disabilities since 1985. In 1991 he was the first teacher to fully include a child with a disability in Ventura County and was a pioneer in including children with autism in general education classrooms. Rick is an expert in the field of inclusion and continues to work with families addressing challenging behaviors. He continues to learn and apply innovative ways of making the match between the child and the environment successful.
Rick will talk about curriculum adaptation and overall class and school participation; making the student an active member of the class while at the same time supporting the student’s learning. He will show you the best way to promote independence and minimize the use of aides by using natural supports in the classroom.
Please join us for an informative and inclusive evening!