60% of children and youth with intellectual disabilities are denied the right to inclusive quality education, resulting in negative impacts on quality of life, health status, income and employment outcomes.
Research in Canada and around the world shows us that all students learn better in inclusive classrooms. An inclusive education system teaches students the benefits of diversity, cooperation, and consideration of others, whereas separate programs create barriers to opportunities for children to learn from, support, and develop relationships with one another.
All people with an intellectual disability are fully included with their peers in regular education, with appropriate supports from early childhood through to post-secondary and adult life-long learning.
Inclusive Education Canada (IEC) was launched as a separate organization by CACL in 2009. IEC is a national non-governmental organization (NGO) committed to quality education for all students in inclusive schools and classrooms in Canadian schools. IEC advocates for effective policy provision and investment in supports for teachers and students, as well as builds capacity in our schools and classrooms to make inclusion both a successful and practical reality.
IEC provides leadership to parents and families, as well as teachers, principals and other stakeholders in the education system, as well as provides information on policy and principles of inclusion; classroom practice; school strategies; support strategies for students; support strategies for teachers; leadership; managing change for inclusion; parent and family issues; instruction and pedagogy; teacher training; and, more.
Please support this campaign to empower children with intellectual disabilities by helping them be included in all levels of education. This will give them the skills needed to helps them contribute to their local community.
Learn more about our inclusive education initiatives here: http://cacl.ca/education/