Inclusive education: Seven years of practice
University life is an environment encouraging personal growth, self-development, intellectual inquiry and career exploration. Many students enter college in order to discover their interests and potential, and students with intellectual disabilities should not be denied access to the same. The On Campus program at the University of Alberta has been facilitating student access to inclusive post secondary education since 1987. This article profiles the On Campus program, and presents an overview of the key components essential to the program's success. Important student outcomes include increases in social competence, friendships with university peers, and the confidence, desire, and skills needed to pursue meaningful employment in inclusive settings. The authors report that seven of ten students who completed the On Campus program found rewarding employment in inclusive settings.
Bowman, P. & Skinner, L. (1994). Inclusive education: Seven years of practice. Developmental Disabilities Bulletin, 22(2), 47-52.