Celebrating Our Differences: Elementary Teachers and Students Learning to Include All Abilities
The road to educating students with disabilities has been a long, uphill road with many twists, turns, and bumps along the way. One positive turn this road has taken is the movement of an including students with disabilities in the general education classroom to benefit from learning with their non-disabled peers, known as inclusion. Successful inclusion requires an inclusive school environment, supportive administration, collaboration among staff, and training of both general and special education teachers. This research project is to provide a brief history behind inclusion, and to create a professional development strand to train general education teachers on different types of disabilities, strategies and best practices for including students with disabilities in the general education classroom as well as provide lesson plans for grades Kindergarten through fifth grade to teach students awareness about people with disabilities. These trainings and lesson plans are a guide to eliminate the roadblocks to inclusion and make including all abilities as easy and successful as possible.