We still call it Down Syndrome Awareness Week/Month, but increasingly we are challenged to think beyond awareness to real inclusion. So questions like the one raised here are relevant and important:
How Inclusive Are We?
Ellen Stumbo, Hope and Encouragement for Special Needs Parents, 9th October 2015
If you’re a special needs parent, you’re familiar with the term inclusion. In it’s basic educational form, inclusion means that students with disabilities go to school along with their peers and neighbors while receiving any special instruction and support within the same school setting. It means that kids with disabilities and neurotypical children all learn together, play together, go to music class together, and the opportunity of genuine friendship is available ... Yet even when friendships are a struggle, I think most of us, special needs parents, are big proponents of inclusion.
But the question we should perhaps be asking is, how inclusive are we? ...