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Old 03-09-2014, 12:58 PM
 
Location: NJ burb of NYC
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This may have been asked before but I could not find a thread answering my question.

First may I say this is my definition of "inclusion": children with varying levels of disabilities such as high functioning autism, ADHD, or behavioral issues are included in general education classrooms with aides. The classrooms may also include a special ed teacher to supplement the general ed teacher. But at the very least, the special ed children attend school in the "regular" classrooms with aides.

That being said is anyone familiar with their own town's elementary schools and whether this exists? I'm looking for that "magic" school district in NJ. I've been told fairy tales that such a place exists in Tinton Falls and Wayne. (yes that is sarcasism.) I would love to find a town where my son could be included in the general ed class with an aide for at least part of the school day.

We currently live in Northern Jersey and are spoiled by the easy access to NYC and great restaurants, etc. Just not having a great experience with our school district and the whole IEP process. However, even if that were not true we would be moving anyway as I would like more elbow room than this part of the state offers.
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Old 03-09-2014, 03:19 PM
 
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This may have been asked before but I could not find a thread answering my question.

First may I say this is my definition of "inclusion": children with varying levels of disabilities such as high functioning autism, ADHD, or behavioral issues are included in general education classrooms with aides. The classrooms may also include a special ed teacher to supplement the general ed teacher. But at the very least, the special ed children attend school in the "regular" classrooms with aides.

That being said is anyone familiar with their own town's elementary schools and whether this exists? I'm looking for that "magic" school district in NJ. I've been told fairy tales that such a place exists in Tinton Falls and Wayne. (yes that is sarcasism.) I would love to find a town where my son could be included in the general ed class with an aide for at least part of the school day.

We currently live in Northern Jersey and are spoiled by the easy access to NYC and great restaurants, etc. Just not having a great experience with our school district and the whole IEP process. However, even if that were not true we would be moving anyway as I would like more elbow room than this part of the state offers.
Montclair has been doing inclusion for a while now(since the 80s) and i have seen many kids with different disabilities have great experiences there.

I would definitely also recommend checking out The New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education: New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education, Inc. - NJ Coalition for Inclusive Education
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Old 03-09-2014, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Toms River, NJ
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I know that Livingston uses resource teachers (pull out for LAL & Math - if needed) with inclusion (including aides) in the general ed classroom as long as the students can be serviced in that way. I don't believe they have full inclusion which really means that a Sp Ed teacher is in the room at least part of the day.
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Old 03-09-2014, 06:12 PM
 
Location: NJ burb of NYC
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Thanks! Montclair and Livingston are good options for out of district placement. It may take a while to sell our house in this market and those are both near by.
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Old 03-09-2014, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Somerset County
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Check Basking Ridge schools and the Somerset Hills school district which covers Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack Gladstone.

I know there are aides in the classroom at the Bedwell elementary school. Sorry, no time to research for you.
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Old 09-07-2017, 09:26 AM
 
Location: NJ
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so my daughter was put in some kind of inclusion class. so we look it up and it seems to be a class where they mix kids who have difficulty with kids that do not have difficulty. my kid does not have difficulty. should i see this as a positive? it is clear that other parents with kids in the class (without difficulty) see it as a positive. i guess they have 2 teachers so they figure that is better. i am not so sure. what do you think?
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Old 09-07-2017, 09:42 AM
 
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so my daughter was put in some kind of inclusion class. so we look it up and it seems to be a class where they mix kids who have difficulty with kids that do not have difficulty. my kid does not have difficulty. should i see this as a positive? it is clear that other parents with kids in the class (without difficulty) see it as a positive. i guess they have 2 teachers so they figure that is better. i am not so sure. what do you think?

I think its a positive. The hope is that the kids who do not have difficulty will have a positive influence on the kids who do. Obviously they should have things under control to ensure the kids who dont have difficulty arent adversely affected but it sounds like they have 2 teachers so they have adequate coverage.

I can tell you that when i was in high school there were a number of special needs kids in regular classes and benefits were seen on both sides as overall people learn to be more accepting of all types of differences.
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Old 09-07-2017, 09:56 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I think its a positive. The hope is that the kids who do not have difficulty will have a positive influence on the kids who do. Obviously they should have things under control to ensure the kids who dont have difficulty arent adversely affected but it sounds like they have 2 teachers so they have adequate coverage.

I can tell you that when i was in high school there were a number of special needs kids in regular classes and benefits were seen on both sides as overall people learn to be more accepting of all types of differences.
being in my daughter's presence benefits everybody. but im mainly concerned with her and not so much about anyone but her.
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Old 09-07-2017, 10:01 AM
 
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being in my daughter's presence benefits everybody. but im mainly concerned with her and not so much about anyone but her.
hahaha obviously! No i think it will benefit her as well you will find.
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Old 09-07-2017, 10:53 AM
 
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It might benefit her in being more aware that some kids are disabled, however i don't think it would benefit her in a classroom education. In what world would "children with varying levels of disabilities such as high functioning autism, ADHD, or behavioral issues" be a positive contribution to the class? Kids with ADHD and behavioral issues are self explanatory. Autism, do your own research and see if the benefits outweigh the bad.
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