School Inclusion Program
"At CASP we believe that for a school inclusion program to succeed, there must be teamwork among the students with different abilities, their classmates, their regular school teachers, the inclusion specialists and parents."
Who is it aimed at?
The CASP School Inclusion Program is aimed at children and youths with different abilities (autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy or developmental delay) from 3 to 16 years who have the skills required to be included full-time in a regular education school classroom that matches their chronological age.
Students who do not yet meet all the requirements for a full-time school inclusion can be included in specific activities, attending the Part-time School Inclusion Program (see below).
What does it include?
- The inclusion of a student with different abilities in a regular school, where he can participate in all activities, like any other classmate.
- All students start out by attending classes at CASP to prepare them for inclusion. When assessments indicate they are ready, they are included in regular schools chosen by their parents.
- Generally only one student with different abilities is included per regular school classroom.
- While they are included in a regular school, students, along with their parents, attend weekly training sessions at CASP.
- CASP Specialists make adjustments according to the abilities and priorities of each student to facilitate inclusion. These can be curricular, procedural, of assessment, of materials, and environmental.
- CASP Specialists identify "tutor friends" or classmates of our student with different abilities who become their friends and provide support.
- School Inclusion includes consulting and training for the regular school teacher and the classmates during observation visits performed by CASP Specialists every 2 weeks, and which may become more frequent if necessary.
- Special meetings are held periodically for the "team" made up of the student's family, regular school teachers and CASP Specialists, to go over the student's progress.
- Families participate in all the activities of the Family Training Program.
- In addition to participating in physical education and sports, all of our students participate in the Extracurricular Activities Program, which includes Ballet, Theatre, Therapeutic horseback riding, English Classes, Computer Classes and Day Trips.
What does the Part-time School Inclusion Program include?
- Students are included part-time and only in specific activities. Some examples of activities include physical education, art, various workshops, etc..
- The Part-time School Inclusion Program is a group program (usually 3 to 5 students at a time) where the students attend regular school activities alongside a CASP Specialist.
Why is the School Inclusion Program unique?
- The CASP School Inclusion Program started in 1982.
- Each year, we include full-time over 50 children and youths in 41 regular education schools (elementary, primary and secondary) and we include part-time over 30 children and youth in 4 regular schools.
- 5 training sessions are scheduled throughout the year to all regular education schools participating in the School Inclusion Program: 3 of which are designed for teachers, with topics chosen by them, and 2 for the classmate ("Tutor Friend Gatherings").
- List of regular education schools participating in the School Inclusion Program (in Spanish).