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."
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 or part-time in a regular education school classroom that matches their chronological age.
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.
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. CASP Specialists identify "tutor friends" or classmates of our student with different abilities who become their friends and provide support.
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.
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").