Presuming Competence: What It Is, What It Looks Like

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If you’re already on board with inclusive education, you probably know all about the concept of presuming competence and can cite the benefits in your sleep. But if you’re just joining #TeamInclusion, you might have questions. If a student has a severe disability, how can I presume he can learn what the other kids are learning? Shouldn’t we be more realistic?

In her book The Beyond Access Model, Cheryl Jorgensen does a great job of explaining why presuming beyond access cheryl jorgensencompetence is the LEAST dangerous option for students with disabilities. She makes five key points, which I’ll paraphrase here…

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