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Over 70% of parents, whose children with intellectual disabilities are in regular classrooms, report that their children are doing average or better:
Inclusive education is better for all children. Children learn what they experience.
inclusive education settings enable children without disabilities to learn about diversity as well as respecting and valuing all people.
When children with disabilities learn alongside their peers, they are more likely to: continue in education, get a job, and be included and valued in their communities.
Nearly 70% of adults with intellectual disabilities have less than a high school education.
Only 15.5% have participated in any kind of post-secondary education.
22.5% of children with intellectual disabilities have had to leave their community to attend school.
Two-thirds of school-aged children with intellectual disabilities are segregated in special classes or schools some all of the time, or are not attending school at all.
Parents reported that regardless of placement, the overall level of interaction with other children is less than satisfactory.
While more and more teachers value inclusive education, they report that adequate in-class supports, preparation time, and teacher training are lacking.
30% of children and youth are segregated in special classes or schools as their only educational placement.
When ALL students attend and are welcomed into their neighbourhood schools in age appropriate regular classes and are supported to learn, contribute to and participate in all aspects of the life of the school. As well, all students are challenged to meet their unique intellectual, social, physical and career development goals.
GIVEN our commitment to a Canada that respects, honors and includes all citizens;
SUPPORTED by more than twenty-five years of successful experience with inclusive education by thousands of students in Canada and abroad;
RECOGNIZING, in particular, that a right to inclusive education is now embedded in international law in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
We Resolve and Commit Ourselves to individually and collectively work together to assure quality inclusive public education in Canada;
We Further Resolve to work diligently with partners and stakeholders to advance this effort; and …
We call on Elected Political Leaders in Provincial/Territorial Governments, Ministers of Education, school trustees and the officials who work with them to:
Finally, We Resolve to accept … "No Excuses" … as we move forward to achieve our vision and goal of inclusive education.