Vision for an Inclusive Education

A ‘vision’ can help people with disability and their families get what others often take for granted: a good life.

A vision document capturing long-term hopes and dreams can be a powerful tool for sharing long-term goals and clarifying the place school can play in achieving that vision.

A vision of an inclusive life is essential if a family wants a child with a disability to live a life embedded within, and contributing to their community, rather than being a ‘visitor’ on the outskirts.  An inclusive education provides a natural foundation to an inclusive life.

  1. Creating a vision
  2. Thinking typical and ordinary
  3. Introducing your child positively
  4. Aiming high

Creating a vision

"To craft the good life, we need to do the hard work on clarifying and sustaining our vision, of what we want, not want others tell us are the limits of what is possible. If we try to choose in a vacuum, not knowing what it is we really want, others will choose for us." Jeremy Ward.


Inclusive Education: Having a Vision for Inclusion

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This video explores how to create and use a positive vision for a life of inclusion and what strategies can help deepen the inclusion of children with disability in their local schools.


Sowing the seeds for the good life

Ingrid Michalowsky

"It is opportunities such as these... that tap into people's existing day to day lives that best help us to achieve our goals for our son."

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Creating a vision statement

Resourcing Inclusive CommunitiesThe cover of the workbook 'creating a vision statement'

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Clarifying your vision for school

Community Resource Unit Ltd.The clarifying your vision for school worksheet. It is a coloured page with the cru logo and 6 boxes to be filled in on a variety of topics relating to the educational and personal needs of the child

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Fact Sheet

Getting Ready - Planning for school inclusion

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"It is never too early or too late to choose inclusive education."

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What is a vision and how can we use it?

Imagine More

This video shares an example of a vision plan by unpacking the developmental process and how it has been tried, tested and implemented it with the broader community.


Dreaming Big, Standing Strong: Queensland Stories of Inclusive Education

The vibrant and colourful cover of a booklet with the title 'dreaming big and standing strong. Queensland stories of inclusive education'. It has the logo of CRU with it's tagline, Expanding Ideas, Creating Change.

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Holding a strong vision for inclusion can be tough when there are so many voices planting doubts about what is possible or still recommending a special, separate path for students with disability.

In this collection of stories we hear from graduate students, parents, and educators about the positive benefits inclusive education brings, as well as the barriers that still stand in the way.  Advocacy tips, including the importance of nurturing a positive vision, are outlined.

Often it is said “seeing is believing”, so we encourage families and others to read these encouraging and illuminating Queensland stories and see the beautiful images of inclusion in action.

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Thinking typical and ordinary


Jack's Ordinary Life of Inclusion

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Fact Sheet

Dealing with transitions - starting school and starting high school

Community Resource Unit Ltd.

"Don’t expect that the school will know how to include. Let them find their feet but also share your vision, knowledge and ideas."

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Clarity of Vision: A compass for the journey

Family Advocacy

Wendy Stroeve speaks about the benefit of having a clear vision driven by determined action.

Introducing your child positively


Leading with Gifts: Introducing your Child Positively

Community Resource Unit Ltd.



Aiming high

A photo of Norman Kunc, a man in a wheelchair, with a quote from him that reads: "I quickly realised that it was the lack of opportunity and not the lack of ability that posed the greatest threat to my quality of life."


Ability & Opportunity in the Rearview Mirror

Emma Van der Klift and Norman Kunc

"The significant obstacles confronting us are the lack of opportunities, not the limitations of ability.  And in that context, we also need to think about the kind of support we offer in order to ensure that people leave school with a sense of confidence, competence and optimism..." Below link opens in a new window.

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Outing The Prejudice: Making The Least Dangerous Assumption

Zach Rossetti and Carol Tashie

"'Least dangerous assumption' states that in the absence of absolute evidence, it is essential to make the assumption that, if proven to be false, would be least dangerous to the individual...

the absence of evidence can never be absolute evidence of absence, and as such, it is always safest and most respectful to make the 'least dangerous assumption."

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The least dangerous assumption

a poster that has the question 'which is the least dangerous assumption'. Column 1 "we assumed he could learn so we gave him every opportunity. And it turns out he couldn't" versus (in column 2) "we assumed he could not learn, so we did not give him the opportunity. But it turns out he could learn. source: Anne Donnellan, 1984. Reference URL inclusionevolution.comCourtney

"The problem is not the child... The problem is how we instruct that child, and the environmental inadequacies the child faces.

The least dangerous assumption is to presume competence of all children. Assume they can learn.

Assuming they cannot learn leads to segregated settings, missed educational interventions, and ultimately dependence in adulthood."

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One of the Boys

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Presumed Competence - A thank you note to Tina

Ellen Stumbo

"I realized that this story about Tina…is a tale of prejudice (in this case, mine) that finds its way into schools... Sometimes it’s like an undertow we pretend not to notice and other times it seems disguised as formal educational policy."

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The Importance of Presuming Competence

Shelley Moore

Shelley encourages us to reflect on our own assumptions about disability and to take the very important first step towards inclusion by presuming competence in all students.


This project is proudly supported by the Queensland Government through the Department of Education.

The Department of Education website outlines its commitment to Inclusive education through its inclusive education policy.


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