school for children with disabilities

Israel Behind The ‘Inclusion’ Curve

While some educators believe the country’s model
for special education is antiquated, parents don’t seem
to be clamoring for more mainstreaming.

Israel Correspondent
08/17/2010

Jerusalem — “Inclusion,” the modern term for “mainstreaming,” is the dream of many parents of special needs children. With the right resources, they say, even children with severe disabilities can often sit alongside their “typical” peers and learn in the same classroom.

While some physically disabled Israeli children are benefiting from inclusion, the American model of full inclusion isn’t the norm here, according to educators.

Children with special needs and typically developing kids playing together at Shutaf’s inclusive summer camp in Jerusalem.
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