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Madison Middle School's Integration Program

In August 2013, Madison Middle School established an integration program between our students with special needs and our general education population. Our program helps students develop feelings of empowerment, realizing their ability to make a difference, while enhancing their capacity for empathy. By acting as peer tutors, the general education students experiences the difference they make in the lives of our students. Our program provides the general education students with opportunities to experiences diversities of a special needs society, developing an appreciation and respect for everyone's unique characteristics and abilities.

Students with disabilities are educated with their non-disabled peers where they learn age-appropriate social skills. Integrated settings provide a challenging environment for students with disabilities. These students learn to be more independent and acquire developmentally advanced skills. Concepts of self-awareness, self-respect, and self-advocacy skills are also enhanced. Most importantly, our students with special needs feel a sense of belonging.

Our integration program includes opportunities to assist our students with special needs in academics by utilizing peer-tutors. Other integrati9on activities include dance, art projects, music, gardening, computer technology, Read Across America, The Very Special Arts Festival, The Special Olympics, and field trips. All three of our Madison Middle School academies have the opportunity to participate in our integration program during their elective classes.