Inclusion: It Works Both Ways

Inclusion: It Works Both Ways

Published: 2021-09-08
Author: Kathleen M. Cleaver | Contact: Disabled World (

Synopsis: Kathleen M. Cleaver writes on the various forms of inclusion both at home and in the classroom.

Main Digest

Since the birth of my younger sister 62 years ago, I have witnessed the growth in acceptance of people with disabilities. We have the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We have the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Free and Appropriate Education (FAPE) and Individual Education Plans (IEP’s).


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These laws and plans have allowed people with disabilities to become part of our “normal” world. It is my belief from my experience as a sister, a mother, and a teacher, to fully accept and understand someone with a disability we need to be a part of their world too.

Family Inclusion

My sister and my daughter have multiple disabilities. My sister lived at home until she was 54 years old. My daughter lived at home until she was 36 years old. They were always included in family functions and outings. Both girls enjoyed family vacations at the beach, [...]

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