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.
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 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 Senate Resolution in 2019 to encourage the ISBE and each school district in Illinois to consider the benefits of inclusive education for preschoolers with and without disabilities.