Promoting a Lifetime of Inclusion

Adelle Renzaglia, Meagan Karvonen, Erik Drasgow, Craig C. Stoxen

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The purpose of this article is to assist parents and professionals in developing effective educational programs that promote a lifetime of successful inclusion for individuals With severe disabilities. We first establish the principle of normalization as the philosophical basis of inclusion. We next describe conditions and practices that reflect the principle of normalization and that foster inclusion across the life span. These conditions and practices consist of universal design, person-centered planning, self-determination, and positive behavior support. We end by suggesting that inclusion may be vieWed as a continuum and that With the appropriate supports and skill development, all people, regardless of disability level, can successfully move up the continuum to more inclusive environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)140-149
Number of pages10
JournalFocus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Neurology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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