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Inclusive education may be defined as the provision of all-encompassing -education. In this sort of approach, no child is discriminated upon regardless of their abilities or disabilities. It was created after the realization that normal children’s development could be enhanced through interaction with all types of pupils. It was also useful for those children with special needs because they would get an opportunity to grow both socially and psychologically. Inclusive education is opposed to the separation of children with special needs into special schools that alienate them from the rest of the world.

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Tina Olyai
Director - Little Angels High School -Gwalior M.P.

Inclusion is the process of acknowledging the fact that all students coming to school are one despite their differences and that they have the right to access all the resources and privileges available. Inclusion encompasses the fight against social evils that have propagated exclusion in the past. This means that there is no room for exclusion due to disability. Consequently, there is a need to acknowledge the fact that everyone is born equal and no one has the right to deny them opportunities just because they are differently abled.

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Tina Olyai
Director - Little Angels High School -Gwalior M.P.

I'm going to be honest... before I started Inclusive Education at my school for special needs children, people with disabilities made me feel a bit uncomfortable. For example, if I saw a mentally handicapped person in an elevator, I might wait for the next one. It wasn't out of revulsion, but some kind of inexplicable fear. What was I afraid of? At the time, I wasn't entirely sure.
People sometimes assume that children become disabled through flawed genetics, poor or absent prenatal care, a mother who drank or was administered wrong drugs during pregnancy, child abuse, or neglect. There is definitely some societal disdain for the handicapped because of these negative associations. But the fact is that any mother or father can become the parent of a differently abled child.A change in attitude just takes a little practice. Push the fear away. Be loving. Offer assistance without being patronizing. Be sensitive to the needs of others. Don't sympathize with them...just accept them for who they are.

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