The concept of inclusion originated when traditional ways of providing special education services became unacceptable. Parents of children with special needs began opposing the placement of their children into segregated academic institutions and wanted their children to be taught in general education classrooms as much as possible. This is normalization at its finest. Justifiably, parents wanted their children to have access to a free public education that would meet their individual needs without stigmatizing them unnecessarily. Normalization led to the closure of many academic institutions because of the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its Least Restrictive Environment provisions.
Watch the video below as Cyndi Pitonyak eloquently articulates the importance of inclusion within our schools.