WHY IS INCLUSIVE EDUCATION IMPORTANT?
Preparation for Adult Living: The goal of education is to prepare individuals to be contributing members of society. Segregated settings often cannot prepare individuals to function in integrated community and work environments because they do not afford those with or without disabilities opportunities to develop the attitudes, values, and skills required to get along with one another as interdependent members of society. By attending their local schools, students with disabilities can practice skills in the actual community settings where they’re needed and they can then develop a sense of belonging. Improved Learning Through Peers and Greater Exposure: Students with disabilities who are placed in general education classes have opportunities to grow socially and academically through peer models and exposure to a greater variety of experiences. Growth for Peers: Through having students with disabilities in their schools and classes, peers without disabilities learn to develop skills in