inclusion fundamentally arises from fear. Fear that children’s needs will not be met, particularly if said children’s needs are intense and complex. Fear that children will internalize the wrong messages. Fear that by drawing attention to differences, children will be harmed. This fear prevents our children from growing into sensitive, respectful, and ethical adults. This fear is toxic for our families and our communities. It is only by letting go of this fear and actively undoing the damage from segregation in the form of special education service delivery and culturally insensitive teaching that we will be able to actualize inclusion.
Let us put our hearts, souls, and minds together in this effort. Actively invite young people from marginalized entities, including young people with significant disabilities, to the table in planning, designing, and executing fully, radically, authentically inclusive schools. Most-important of all, let go of the fear and realize that when we solve the predicament of this system as it presently-exists — even with a couple of baby steps to begin — that our world becomes far-more humane than it is in the present.