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Social Inclusion

Social inclusion for individuals with disabilities, including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, refers to the quality of acceptance and participation within a broad range of community settings that these individuals experience. The movement toward inclusion calls for greater participation in community-based activities and social networks (e.g., educational environments and sports and recreational activities) and opportunities to act as consumers and participate in economic and socially valued activities (e.g., employment and child-rearing).

Researchers have suggested that the notion of social inclusion is a fluid one with a variety of meanings, but overall it involves ensuring that people with disabilities have full and fair access to activities and can contribute to social roles and maintain relationships alongside individuals without disabilities. Defining characteristics of social inclusion have ...

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