The Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville believes and advocates for inclusion in the community and in school for individuals with differing abilities. Thanks to laws such as The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), those with Down syndrome have been successfully included in local schools since our inception. DSAJ subsidizes Inclusion Consultant Fees through our Inclusion Program.
Inclusion in school can be defined as placing a student with a differing ability in a general education setting along with supports and services to insure a successful outcome. A special educator is typically involved as a consultant or co-teacher for part or all of the day.
Research over the last 20+ years supports positive outcomes for both those with and without differing abilities in the classroom. There is no research reporting negative side effects.
If you need advice on choosing the right path for your child, please contact the DSAJ at firstname.lastname@example.org, and one of the Inclusion Specialists will get back to you ASAP.