I have a child with an IEP, and I want to find out the inclusion percentage at her school? Where do I find this information?


Laura Burgess Martin, Special needs parent; work in non-profit sector

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You have received some great answers. I'm not exactly sure which inclusion rate you are looking for but I would suggest speaking with your child's teacher, the director of special education at the school or county level, or that assistant principal in charge of the special education department. I am sure any of these people would be happy to help you find the answer you are looking for.

Best wishes!

Gina Badalaty, Parent of 2 kids with disabilities, Professional Blogger

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Hello, are you referring to the percentage of time she is included at school? That is, the total number of hours she spends in the regular classroom as a percentage of a typical school day. This number will be at the end of your child's IEP, under and should be calculated along with the hours that comprise a typical school day. The calculation should also be there with a result such as, "80% of the day (inside 80% or more of day)."

This can give you a good indication of how much your child is included in a typical classroom. You should weigh this against how your child is managing her time at school, along with what she is doing during those hours. (Keep in mind that just because she's in the room, she might not necessarily be included). Make sure these questions are answered before complaining to the school about the amount of inclusion time. If you feel she is struggling because she is being included too much or too little, you may want to call a meeting, but make sure you have your facts before doing so.

Lisa Friedman, Inclusive Educator, Religious School Director, writer & speaker

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Hi there. When you say "percentage" are you referring to the percent of students with disabilities who are included in the school community at large or are you seeking to find the number of students with disabilities included in specific classes? Either way I would suggest that you speak with a member of the school's child study team or a guidance counselor.

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