Every once in a while along comes this incredibly great idea. Inclusion was one of these.
The ideal for Inclusion was that those who were disabled would be given the opportunity to live a normal life, learn with other children and be the best they could possibly be, What could go wrong with that.
Surprisingly the biggest problem with Inclusion is the all or nothing concept. The problem was that in giving people the opportunity to live a normal life, they removed all the safeguards and options that were used before. The issue with this means that anyone that did not have the ability to live a normal life or to learn with other children did not actually have any other choices. It was essentially a complete reversal of the old system.
Where is the hybrid, Inclusion is supposed to be about being the best that these individuals can be, and we need to realize that in some people there is limits to what that is.
I know personally an individual that is pushing or perhaps even past 40 who is autistic and still living at home, his parents are not young and eventually they are going to be unable to care for this man anymore, what is the option then. Presently nursing homes are given the duty of caring for those in this condition, but they are not equipped for it and in all honesty not paid properly for it either.
What is needed is a system that challenges all individuals (those who are disabled, those who are perhaps a little slow, those who are “normal” and those who are bright) and pushes them all to the limits so that they have the best tools they can possibly have. Once that is achieved then we need the option for there to be care facilities, for those who need full time care but have no one able to do so anymore, for those whose parents are not able to care for them because they are to violent etc.
Right now we have no options other then cross your fingers and pray, or if you are really lucky and independantly wealthy hope that you can put a plan in place to protect your loved ones (and that those responsible for this plan actually carry it through)
We need a system that realizes that there are treatments needed for those who have mental illnesses and we need a system that realize that one size does not fit all, one size only fits one. Each person will need different treatments, different care, different education and different opportunities and until we get to the point where this is available then what we actually have is a plan that is a reverse of the previous system and completely as bad.
The present system has no way to deal with those who can not be fit within the set mold that was envisioned when the plan was designed and because of this there is no protection for their well being. We need to realize that the system while well intentioned is broken and in desperate need of a complete rebuild, incorporating some old ideas into the mix with the new ideas and creating a system that is not only adaptable but is also expansive enough to include all those who need it.