Good to Know
Inclusion is supported in many ways through our state and federal government laws, rules and regulations. Here are a few guidance documents from the federal and Illinois government.
Award of Excellence for Inclusion of Children with Special Needs
The Award of Excellence for Inclusion has a new website www.aoeinclusion.com.
The Inclusive Classroom Profile Webinar is available. This webinar was developed under an investment from the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities.
Once you have viewed the webinar, please take a moment to complete a brief survey available here.
You can download the webinar presentation PDF file here.
The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a Policy Statement on Inclusion of Young Children with Disabilities in high-quality inclusive early childhood programs on September 14, 2015. An executive summary is also available. The statement and summary both include recommendations for State and Local education agencies to increase high-quality inclusion as well as summarizes the law and the research.
The Illinois State Board of Education produced this inclusion brochure to for families and professionals to better explain LRE and inclusion. The brochure is also available in Spanish.
The Illinois State Board of Education has also issued Inclusion Models: Guidance to Inclusive Classrooms to help school districts in Illinois understand the possibilities for inclusive options.
The Illinois State Legislature passed this House Resolution in 2014 to encourage the ISBE and each school district in Illinois to consider the potential benefits of inclusive education for students with and without disabilities.