Inclusive Education is, first and foremost, an attitude, a value and a belief system. It has been defined as a shared value that promotes a single system of education dedicated to ensuring that all students are empowered to become competent and contributing citizens in an integrated, changing and diverse society.
Students receiving supports through the inclusion program have mild to severe special education needs, such as developmental delays, specific learning disabilities, intellectual impairment, physical impairment, emotional and behavioral challenges, autism and other disabilities. The majority of their instruction is provided in the general education setting, with supports as needed.
Inclusion is the belief that everyone belongs and everyone benefits. This educational model requires schools to meet the needs of all students by educating learners with disabilities alongside their non-disabled peers. It is based on the belief that all children can learn together in the same schools and classrooms with appropriate supports. The environment necessary to nurture and foster inclusion is built upon a shared belief system between general and special education, and a willingness to merge the talents and resources of teachers and support staff.