An educational system which approaches the education of disabled learners by separating them from non-disabled learners is discriminatory and severely limits the disabled students’ opportunities for a successful life. Moreover, it becomes the basis for an unfair and unjust society, since children’s earliest perceptions eventually shape their view of themselves and the societies that they live in. Therefore, the lessons that inclusion and segregation impart to the minds of students must not be underestimated.
This is why SASE works with schools to help them transition them into new cultures of inclusiveness. Education providers with inclusive cultures adopt attitudes, approaches and strategies that ensure no learners are excluded or isolated from mainstream educational opportunities. Within that culture, all learners – disabled, as well as, non-disabled – can feel valued, safe and confident. They are adequately provided with all the support they need to develop their talents and pursue their aspirations. In that context, teaching is flexible enough to accommodate the needs of all students; disabled pupils and non-disabled students work side-by-side, and assessments are designed to ensure that all learners have a chance to reach their full potential.
Furthermore, discrimination against disabled learners is reflected in the way conventional assessments are designed and delivered; most written assessments are administered at the end of course work. This arrangement is not only inconsiderate of the needs of disabled students, who may not have access to assessment in Braille or computer; it also contradicts the skills and demands of the workplace. An assessment regime that includes the option for continued assessment – course work, presentations, portfolios, documentary essays, e-journals, etc. – is more beneficial to disabled students and often more representative of the range of student’s abilities, as well as being more beneficial to them, in terms of acquired knowledge and skills.
With its inclusive education service SASE aims to help develop educational systems that are robust enough to accommodate the diversity of society. This means creating a context where everyone finds opportunities for learning, growth and friendship in an atmosphere that promotes respect, tolerance, understanding, and celebrates diversity.