Inclusion Philosophy Statement

Assignment Objective: Student will propose an inclusion philosophy statement for a pre-school.
Scenario:Your preschool has always made an effort to be open to children of all abilities. However, many of the teachers are frequently surprised when they get a child with disabilities in their classroom. The director feels that creating an inclusion philosophy statement to be included in the school policy handbook would help teachers know what to expect when they come to work at the school. The statement would also help the staff work toward the common goal of having a high quality inclusive program.
The director has asked you, an early childhood teacher, to write and propose an inclusion philosophy statement the center can adopt that highlights the importance of belonging and membership for children with disabilities.  Additionally, discuss your preschool’s rationale for adopting person first terminology when communicating verbally with staff and families or in writing such as newsletters and handbooks. 
Assignment Directions:
1.Create a one-paragraph inclusion philosophy statement  focusing on the importance of belonging and membership for children with disabilities.
2. Write another paragraph discussing your preschool’s rationale for adopting person first terminology in all communications, verbal or written. You might want to refer to the first Web Link (Disability Is Natural) in Chapter 1 for more information on person first terminology.
3. Review the assessment rubric to see how your assignment and self-evaluation will be graded.