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What is inclusion ?

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    [What is inclusion?]
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    [Integration]
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    I don't understand
    why I'm at the back of the class.
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    I wish I was like everyone else.
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    I want to do what they do.
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    But here I am,
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    doing the same old number activity,
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    watching as my classmates
    learn something else.
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    Don't they know that they're
    setting me up to fail?
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    Don't they know they hold
    my future in their hands?
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    I want to work with my class,
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    learn what they are learning
    and do the activities they do.
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    But here I am, stuck at the back,
    limited by low expectations,
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    Having a one-on-one teacher aide
    just teaches me to rely on them
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    and means I get less attention
    from the teacher.
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    I am not included in the classroom,
    I am in the same room
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    but segregated from my peers,
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    sat to the side or back working on
    different things and missing out.
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    I want to be free to learn with my peers
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    reach my full potential and be seen
    to be like everyone else.
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    I need something to change.
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    You may be wondering
    what is wrong with this picture?
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    I'm in the classroom with my peers,
    sitting in my seat,
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    learning the same things as
    everyone else.
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    You may think that this is inclusion,
    but it's not.
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    I am stiffled, limited and held back
    from reaching my full potential.
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    Though I love my teacher aide,
    I don't get to think for myself.
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    In fact, a lot of the time,
    my teacher aide does it for me,
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    even whispering the answer
    in my ear when I already know it.
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    The more she is with me
    the more I realise that there is no point
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    in me thinking for myself because
    she will give me the answer anyway.
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    I'm sure there are other kids
    who also need her help,
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    does she need to be with just me?
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    Can't she help others?
    Surely if I need help
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    I can put my hand up and ask
    my teacher like my friends do.
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    My friends and classmates want to help me
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    but by having someone
    right next to me they can't.
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    I need to learn from my peers
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    be able to do group work
    and be challenged.
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    I want to be allowed to fail
    or succeed and learn from it.
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    I need something to change.
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    Can you find me in the crowd?
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    Inclusion is more than just a word,
    it is a culture, a mindset
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    and an expectation that everyone can
    and will learn and succeed
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    along ther age-appropriate peers.
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    I know it can be challenging to include me
    in the learning as sometimes
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    I migth require extra resources
    and information
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    but giving me space to learn from
    my teacher and peers is the best way
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    to challenge me and allow me to grow.
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    I want to learn the same things
    as my classmates,
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    and I want teachers to have the same
    expectations of me as my friends.
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    My learning may need to me modified
    but I still want the opportunity
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    to show what I can do,
    not focus on what I can't.
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    Treat me the same as any other student
    and whatch me flourish.
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    I will rise the challenge
    of the expectations you set for me.
Title:
What is inclusion ?
Description:

A short video produced by Down Syndrome Queensland in conjunction with Griffith Film School and Pullenvale State School. The 4-minute video showcases the difference between integration, perceived inclusion and true inclusion in a classroom environment.
The vignettes are staged to demonstrate the differences between integration, perceived inclusion and true inclusion. Pullenvale State School is itself well on the journey to true inclusion and kindly participated in this video to help grow the understanding of what schools should be striving for.
For more information and resources from Down Syndrome Educational support, visit https://www.downsyndromeqld.org.au/education-support-1

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Video Language:
English
Team:
Amplifying Voices
Project:
Accessibility and Inclusion
Duration:
03:55

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