Rationale

Rationale of Inclusive Education

“It is not enough merely to affirm the rights of people with disabilities. We must actively work to make them real in the fabric of modern society. Recognizing that individuals with disabilities have a claim to our respect because they are persons, because they share in the one redemption of Christ, and because they contribute to our society by their activity within it, the Church must become an advocate for and with them. It must work to increase the public's sensitivity toward the needs of people with disabilities and support their rightful demand for justice. Moreover, individuals and organizations at every level within the Church should minister to persons with disabilities by serving their personal and social needs.” (Pastoral Statement of U.S. Catholic Bishops on People with Disabilities)

The first step to achieving an Inclusive Education System is to understand the philosophy behind it. "Inclusion" is a more profound concept than "Integration".

"Institutional discrimination against disabled people is ingrained throughout the present education system. The data shows that most of the educational provision for disabled children and students remains basically segregative, is dominated by traditionally medically influenced attitudes, and commands a low priority as a whole. As a result, rather than equipping disabled children and young people with the appropriate skills and opportunities to live a full and active adult life, it largely conditions them to accepting a much devalued social role and in so doing condemns them to a lifetime of dependence and subordination."  (Colin Barnes)