Cheryl Jorgensen in her book The Inclusion Facilitator’s Handbook describes a truly inclusive school that welcomes and supports the needs of all students as having the following characteristics:
Students with disabilities are members of age-appropriate regular mainstream classes.
Students with disabilities attend the same school that they would be attending if they did not have disabilities.
Students with disabilities progress through grade levels according to the same pattern as students without disabilities.
Students with disabilities are not removed from mainstream classes for academic instruction.
No places or programs in the school are reserved just for the use of students with disabilities.
Learning materials are universally accessible to all students.
Students with disabilities are active participants in all classroom and school routines.
Students with disabilities participate in classroom learning activities in similar ways as do students without disabilities.
Students with disabilities participate in school sport, plays, field trips, and community service activities.
Schools are physically accessible to all students.
Schools accommodate all students’ sensory concerns.
Frameworks to support quality inclusion
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a research-based set of principles to guide the design of learning environments that are accessible and effective for all. First articulated by CAST in the 1990s and now the leading framework in an international reform movement, UDL provides an evidence-based framework to support educators to plan, develop and deliver inclusive lessons that meet the needs of all learners.
This 10 minute video guide is aimed at parents looking for ideas to support their children’s learning at home. The guide was developed in response to COVID-19 but the strategies are just as relevant once your children return to school and bring their work and assignments home. The guide is underpinned by the Universal Design […]
In the rush to provide work for students to complete as part of their learning at home, many teachers have gone to the trusty PDF library to create their lessons. Today’s blog post looks at some of the often times overlooked challenges that PDF documents can pose for learners. Is a PDF the best option? […]
Sarah Humphreys and Janice Atkin hosted a live webinar chat to discuss what’s working for teachers, parents and students and what’s not in this brave new world of learning at home. We share the recording of this chat in five parts below: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Transcript of conversation […]
This week we have been reflecting on the impact of learning from home or students with disability, in particular students with communication and social needs. In this podcast I chat with Gail Williams, Deputy Principal of a special school in Queensland and Dr Bree Jimenez, Research Consultant with Mater Dei School in NSW and Research […]
We’ve been reflecting on the past week that saw all of our schools shift to online learning and thinking about what we’ve learnt from it. We have learnt that… direct contact with a class teacher, regardless of the mode or frequency, is valued and enjoyed by students. It fosters community and a sense of belonging […]
With the current COVID-19 situation here in Australia, many teachers have been directed to develop online and home-based learning activities for their classes. When preparing these lessons it is important to take into consideration the variability of your learners to ensure that all will be able to access the learning intended. Sarah, our co-founder has […]
We wanted to reach out to our school communities to let you know that we are here to support you make online learning accessible and inclusive of all of your learners. The shift to online learning, whether that be at home or at school, is going to take some time to get used to. Some […]
The following article draws attention to ‘how’ students with disability learn and progress through the general education curriculum and explores the notion that universal design is the next step in the evolution of personalised learning.
The NSW Curriculum Review aims to enhance the effectiveness of school education in NSW. At Inclusive Schools Australia we believe that a 21st century curriculum must be inclusive of all learners and this can only be achieved if the curriculum is truly developed with all learners in mind from the outset. For too long we […]