Elizabeth Downey Hanold, Aine Rosaleen Harless, Christina M Zaso


This poster reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process.



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Schools around the world struggle to include students with disabilities in the classroom environment. Through the combination of individual research, the information provided shows that the inclusion of students with disabilities in the classroom lets all students make greater strides in their academic successes through the diverse learning levels. This diversity decreases the stereotypes that surround those with disabilities when their neurotypical peers see all their shared characteristics. Inclusion fosters strong relationship formation between students with disabilities and students in general education. Inclusion with peer support arrangements create a classroom that is full of success.The connection peers get to make with the students with disabilities helps the overall well being of students by allowing peers and students with disabilities to both thrive inside the classroom and receive benefits from this learning experience. When educators teach students with disabilities strategies that improve their learning, students are better able to articulate and express their ideas. This allows students with disabilities to more confidently engage in the classroom, but also with the attention and help they need from the teacher because of their disabilities, these students will begin to see and take pride in their academic success. Inclusion of students with intellectual and learning disabilities creates a more diverse learning environment where everyone can succeed.

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Course Project

Primary Advisor

Jennifer T. Christman, Susan M. Ferguson

Primary Advisor's Department

Teacher Education


Stander Symposium project

Inclusion in Schools for Students with Disabilities