"When it's done correctly, supported inclusive education enriches the quality of education. Research has consistently documented the benefits for all students. Denying diversity diminishes the lives of students with and without disabilities." (Read more here.)


Peers Supporting an Inclusive School Climate

Inclusive schools promote respectful and supportive relationships, avoid the bullying epidemic, and build the attributes of positive peer-to-peer interactions. Here are some benefits:

Benefits for Students With Disabilities

  • Friendships

  • Increased social initiations, relationships and networks

  • Peer role models for academic, social and behavior skills

  • Increased achievement of IEP goals

  • Greater access to general curriculum

  • Enhanced skill acquisition and generalization

  • Increased inclusion in future environments

  • Greater opportunities for interactions

  • Higher expectations

  • Increased school staff collaboration

  • Increased parent participation

  • Families are more integrated into community

Benefits of Inclusion for Students Without Disabilities

  • Meaningful friendships

  • Increased appreciation and acceptance of individual differences

  • Increased understanding and acceptance of diversity

  • Respect for all people

  • Prepares all students for adult life in an inclusive society

  • Opportunities to master activities by practicing and teaching others

  • Greater academic outcomes

  • All students needs are better met, greater resources for everyone

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