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|Special Ed Students, Diversity & the Benefits of Inclusion|
|News Releases - Education & Schools|
|Written by Ginny Grimsley|
|Wednesday, 02 January 2013 10:02|
Friendship, Learning are a Two-Way Street, Says Doctor
For orthopedic surgeon Sean Adelman – a father of three, including Dev, a high-school age daughter with Down syndrome – life lessons are not the exclusive province of the young.
“As a dad, I have often been reminded of the poet William Wordsworth and his line, ‘The child is father of the man,’ ” says Adelman, author of Sam’s Top Secret Journal (www.raiseexpectations.com), the first in a the first in a Nancy Drew-style children’s book series featuring a protagonist with Down syndrome.
Of course, much of a child’s development is out of the hands of parents, he says. School and other social functions provide many first worldly experiences that are so important to developing students. And that makes diversity so important.
Various studies have shown that not only do those with learning challenges benefit from “inclusive education” – a movement that integrates special-ed students with non-special-ed students – but also the rest of the student body.
Adelman explores how inclusion benefits the entire student body:
About Sean Adelman
Sean Adelman is a practicing orthopedic surgeon and advocate for exceptional kids in Seattle. He and his wife, Susan, have three children. Adelman wrote the “Sam’s Top Secret Journal” series to show the similarities the protagonist shares with other children, and to explore how differently-abled individuals benefit society.
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