Organizational-Methodological Grounds of Inclusive Resource Centers' Activities
The purpose of this manual is to equip members of Inclusive Resource Centers (IRC), parents of children with special needs, schools and other institutions dealing with the issues of inclusive education, providing special support to children with special needs with necessary practical information. The main issues the manual addresses are the following: the concept of inclusive education as a rights based approach, introduction of International Classification of Functioning (ICF) as a tool to identify necessary support for children with special needs, organizational aspects of IRCs` activities, how to conduct complex assessment of children with special needs, role of the parents and ways of cooperation with families of children with special needs.
This resource will be very useful for policy makers who develop the system of support to children with special needs and their families in the context of inclusive education, for educators and parents, other community members.
The following issues make the resource innovative and inspiring: internationally agreed definition of inclusive education as a provision of additional support to children with special needs within inclusive educational environment, new approaches to assessment of children with special needs to identify their strengths and additional needs rather than problems.
IRCs are community-based institutions created to provide the right of children with special needs to quality education, in particular:
• complex assessment of children with special needs aged from 2-18 years to identify children`s strengths and special needs;
• methodological support to inclusive pre-schools, primary and secondary schools on providing quality educational services to children with special needs within inclusive educational environment (necessary accommodations, modifications, proper organization of educational environment based on the principles of universal design and reasonable accommodations);
• consultative support to parents of children with special needs;
• coordination of services in local communities.