Make sure your child has been referred to the school SLP. Many schools will automatically refer a child with Down syndrome to the school SLP. In some cases a parent request for a referral to the SLP may be necessary. You may be required to sign a release form to allow the school SLP to see your child. This should be done as early as possible in the school year.
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To quotes below were taken from the article: Inclusive education vital for all, including persons with disabilities – UN experts. (bold mine)
"a truly inclusive learning environment values the contribution and potential of persons with disabilities, and equips them with essential life, language and social skills."
“Placing students with disabilities in mainstream classes without accompanying structural changes to, for example, organisation, curriculum and teaching and learning strategies, does not constitute inclusion”
“Inclusive education is important not only for persons with disabilities but the societies they live in, as it helps to combat discrimination, and to promote diversity and participation.”
“focuses on the full and effective participation, accessibility, attendance and achievement of all students, especially those who, for different reasons, are excluded or at risk of being marginalized.”
To read the original article "Inclusive education vital for all, including persons with disabilities – UN experts" click here.
It is important to note that this convention supports our teachers acquiring the skills they need to provide inclusive education. Inclusive education works best when teachers are given adequate support and training. Quote from "Article 24: Right to inclusive education" point 12 d):
"Supported teachers: All teachers and other staff receive education and training giving them the core values and competencies to accommodate inclusive learning environments..."
To read the full text of "General Comment No. 4" click here:
Article 24: Right to inclusive education (Adopted 26 August 2016) from the "Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities".
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Jill Hicks is the mother of a child with Down syndrome and a speech-language pathologist. Her passion is to empower others to help people with Down syndrome.