What can we learn from this Bright Spot?
Principles 1, 2, 3, and 6 from the NYS Blueprint for Improved Results for Students with Disabilities are specifically evident in our experience:
1. Students engage in self-advocacy and are involved in determining their own educational goals and plans.
2. Parents, and other family members, are engaged as meaningful partners in the special education process and the education of their child.
3. Teachers design, provide, and assess the effectiveness of specially designed instruction to provide students with disabilities access to participate and progress in the general education curriculum.
4. Schools provide high-quality inclusive programs and activities.
Never say never!