Foundations

Foundations of NCIE

The NCIE is grounded in research, social justice, and leadership:

  • Thirty-five years of research shows that more time spent in the general education classroom strongly correlates with improved academic and social outcomes for students with disabilities, regardless of severity or type of disability.
  • The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides that all children with disabilities have a federally-protected right to a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment in the school the student would attend if not disabled.
  •  Inclusive education is part of creating a society where all persons, including those living with disabilities, are fully engaged members of communities and where culturally appropriate supports lead to independence, productivity, and a satisfying quality of life.