chapter  11
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The Struggle for Inclusion: The Growth of a Movement

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world: Indeed it's the only thing that ever has. (Margaret Mead)

Over the last 12 years a movement has developed in the United Kingdom that struggles for the inclusion of disabled children and students in mainstream schools and colleges as a civil and human right. It has set about changing the thinking throughout the education system; giving a voice to disabled children and their non-disabled peers and allies; supporting parents in coming to know it was the oppressive special educational needs system that was their problem and not their disabled children; changing thinking in the voluntary sector and government; creating a space for all those many professionals who influence the lives of disabled children so they can reconsider their beliefs and practices and thereby improve the life chances of disabled young people.