"Inclusion is not bringing people into what already exists; it is making a new space, a better space for everyone."

Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Education; Ontario 2009

Welcome

"Inclusion means that every person is 'at the right time at the right place' and as he is, he is simply there correctly (cf. Jean Liedloff 1999) so that he attends exactly that kindergarten or that school - being welcomed and, without question, supported - to which he would also have gone, if not for the special issues that might challenge or encourage him. There you will not find a group of the 'unusuals' and a few that are just allowed to also be there, but only a diverse group of citizens, that can rely on human rights and the standards of a democratic society. In a pluralistic context like this, different roles are open to everybody, and everyone could be giving and taking, participant or distributing possibilities himself and at the same time secure his own future.

Because 'Inclusion means WITH, not just IN!' (Marsha Forest)!"

On this site we provide an insight into our practical knowledge and theoretical analysis of diversity issues and inclusive education. We provide information for faculty and students of our University College, and furthermore we want to support their continued professionalization process with certain guidelines and sources. At the same time we seek and encourage open discourse with people interested in the issue of inclusion.

Starting point is the fact (we operate with the basic assumption) that people within our educational system as well as in our society at the present remain deprived. These discriminations result from social structures, as well their individual characteristics, and additionally age, gender, origin, socio-economic status, intellectual and physical conditions (handicaps), sexual orientation, family status, culture, linguistic background and others.

Our aim is to proactively meet the strengths and challenges of all our students, faculty and of all who are involved in learning processes. By supporting inclusive processes - resulting in recognition and wider use of diversity - we reduce disadvantages in education.

We are thereby making a contribution to the realization of human rights. 

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