The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 affirms inclusive special education services, stating, “Nearly 30 years of research and experience has demonstrated that the education of children with disabilities can be made more effective by having high expectations and ensuring students’ access in the general education curriculum to the maximum extent possible….[and] providing appropriate special education and related services and supports in the regular classroom to such children, wherever possible.” In Woodridge School District 68, we are working to make improvements to our structures and practices to ensure that all children with IEPs have access to grade level standards with the appropriate supports to address their unique needs in their least restrictive environment.
Inclusive Services is a great resource for families and schools about best practice in inclusive education.
The Illinois State Board of Education has numerous resources and links about inclusive services for preschoolers in Illinois.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) website provides IDEA information and resources from the Department for parents and educators.
The website for this 2009 documentary has numerous inclusion resources for families and educators.