What does Inclusion mean?

January 17th, 2008

What does Inclusion mean?

Inclusion is seen as a universal human right. The aim of inclusion is to embrace all people irrespective of race, gender, disability, medical or other need. It is about giving equal access and opportunities and getting rid of discrimination and intolerance (removal of barriers). It affects all aspects of public life.

Inclusive design

Inclusive design is about making places that everyone can use. The way places are designed affects our ability to move, see, hear and communicate effectively.

Inclusive design aims to remove the barriers that create undue effort and separation. It enbles everyone to participate equally, confidently and independently in everyday activities.

Educational Inclusion

In education “inclusion” has become the term used to describe the right of parents and children to access mainstream education alongside their peers, where parents want it and children’s needs can be met.

Integration, where the focus was on the child’s ability to adapt has been replaced by Inclusion. The focus for Inclusion is on the setting’s ability to adapt to the needs of the child, altering where necessary the way it works.

An inclusive setting works towards providing effective planning and different activities (differentiation) in order to meet individual needs.

A number of educational establishments have found that a move towards inclusive education has led to an improvement in general educational standards. This is backed up by research.

Under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 2005 and the SEN and Disability Act (SENDA) 2001, schools already have a duty not to treat disabled children less favourably than non-disabled children. Though IEPS, SENCos will be involved in making the required reasonable adjustments for disabled children to ensure they have access to the curriculum, information and the physical environment.


Inclusion is a disability consultation and service provider specialising in Occupational Therapy, the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) and Vocational Rehabilitation. With over 16 years experience in this extremely niche market area, Inclusion has a solid client base spread across London and the South East and is run by a team of Occupational Therapists. Contact Matthew Box for further details about Inclusion and our inclusive design and disability services.