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by Gary Bunch and Dr. Angela Valeo
ISBN 978-1-895418-86-6 © 2008
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A worldwide revolution is occurring in education of learners
experiencing disabilities. The Special Education model is being
replaced by Inclusive Education, educating all learners together in
the regular classrooms of community schools. Inclusive Education is
not simply a new way to educate students who differ in ability,
hearing, vision, behaviour, or body. It is based in sweeping change of
how we regard people experiencing disability and their right to full
participation in society.
As with all change, Inclusive Education is not welcomed by everyone.
Some governments, educational administrators, teachers, and parents
prefer the Special Education approach, which regards some learners
experiencing disability as so different that they cannot learn in the
company of their typical peers. Under this view, they must be
separated for their own good. However, increasing numbers of people in
every nation see and argue for the social justice of bringing all
learners together in school. They understand that difference is a
reason to be included.
This book presents snapshots of the struggle of educational change as
seven nations respond to this new human rights understanding of how
education and disability should intersect. In various ways and at
different levels, each is experiencing the tension and excitement,
which always accompany change.
Gary Bunch is Chair, Marsha Forest Centre and National Director of the
recently formed Canadian Assocation of Inclusive Educators. His
teaching career includes experience as a classroom teacher, a school
administrator, and a university professor. He has been active in
research into inclusive education, and has published books and
articles in the same area. Recently, he has gained experience in a
number of nations as a consultant in inclusive education.
Dr. Angela Valeo is an Assistant Professor with the School of Early
Childhood Education and the Faculty of Graduate Studies at Ryerson.
Angela has many years of elementary school teaching experience with
the Toronto Catholic District School Board. Areas of specialization
and research concern the inclusion of students with special needs into
the regular classroom of their neighborhood school. Angela also works
closely with community groups such as the Marsha Forest Centre to
promote inclusive practices in schools and communities.