The revolution will NOT have disabled access, just access for all.
Inclusion departments, SEN corridors, alternative pathways, exemptions from expectations, ‘disabled access at rear’, and even the SENCo themselves – all of these are artefacts of inclusion, representing a point on a journey, a journey towards justice in education for those with additional needs and disabilities.
They are all also examples of the ways we get the education system to work for children with these additional needs.
This is necessary, of course, because our education system existed before these children were included. And, with integration, and then the push for inclusion, children were brought into schools that had been designed – physically and systemically – without having taken their needs into account. Without having needed to.
And so, we created roles and rules to include them, and to protect their right to be included – and this is both good and right.
But it isn’t the end.
It isn’t justice.
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