Charter preschool focuses on inclusion of students with special needs

08/12/2011 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

About 25% of students at a Washington, D.C., preschool have learning disabilities or other special needs and are taught alongside students without disabilities in inclusive classrooms. The Bridges Charter School serves a higher percentage of students with special needs than other area preschools and has made inclusion its primary focus. "People send their children here specifically because of how we have designed the school," said the director, Olivia Smith. "We have a structure they don't find elsewhere."

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