Inclusive Education

inclusionCheck out this article about college readiness for youth with disabilities

Learn more about the Down Syndrome Biomarker Study at MUSC that examines the relationship between Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease!

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Inclusive educational settings are those that allow all kinds of students to learn and grow together in the classroom as well as on the playground and in the lunch room.  In these settings, all students thrive.  Historically, students with intellectual disabilities have not had access to inclusive classrooms, but instead have been segregated in separate settings.  Sadly, many students with intellectual disabilities are still segregated. Those students with intellectual disabilities who are included in regular classrooms are years ahead in social, linguistic, and mathematical skills.  Inclusive classrooms also benefit students without disabilities, as these settings offer new teaching techniques and the opportunity to learn first hand about diversity, tolerance, empathy, and individual strengths.

In 2010, the College of Charleston developed an inclusive educational program for students with intellectual disabilities that offers a full college experience (academic, residential, social and ScreenHunter_58 Mar. 28 17.56professional) for students with intellectual disabilities.  This program was made possible by a starter grant from the College Transition Connection, as well as a $2.3 million federal grand under the model comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID; see the TPSID website for more details).   R.E.A.C.H. (Realizing Educational and Career Hopes) is a four-year, innovative program designed to provide students with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to experience the academic, residential, social, and cultural opportunities here at the College.   Please see the REACH website  for more information.

At the high school level, in 2007 Bishop England High School in Charleston, SC implemented the Options Program so that students with intellectual disabilities can learn and share all aspects of the high school experience with typical age mates.  The Options program at BEHS has spawned several other programs nationally, including one at Cardinal Newman High School in Columbia, SC.  There are now more than 10 Catholic schools in SC that embrace students with disabilities.   For more information about inclusion and current efforts to expand inclusive opportunities, feel free to contact me.

Check out this wonderful article about the inclusive efforts at Bishop England

Inclusive Education