Integration of children with and without disabilities

The close cooperation between the Volksschule Moosach and the Korbinianschule Steinhöring is a shining example for the successful integration of children with and without disabilities.

For four years now, eight children with intellectual disabilities have been living here ...

... together with 16 primary school pupils in an outdoor class in the minor subjects such as music, art and sport. In this way, disabled and non-disabled children meet in an unbiased manner. They profit from each other, they grow together and learn from each other." With these words, Bavaria's Minister of Social Affairs, Christa Stewens, paid tribute in Moosach to the model project for integrative schooling that the Moosach elementary school and the Korbinian School Steinhöring, a private support centre with a focus on intellectual development, jointly carried out. At the end of the model project a farewell party took place today in the Pfarrheim Moosach.

"Outdoor classes make an important contribution to integration in schools. Therefore, I am very pleased that the Korbinianschule Steinhöring will establish an outdoor class at the Gymnasium Kirchseeon and thus continue along the integrative path. This is unique in Bavaria - so far there are outdoor classes only at primary and secondary schools," explained Stewens and added: "In addition, curative day care centres such as the Korbinian School in Steinhöring also make an indispensable contribution to full-day care and thus to supporting families with disabled children. They are an integral part of the comprehensive social services for children and young people with disabilities of school age."

Guideline of Bavarian handicapped person politics is after Stewens´ words the dignity of humans with handicap and the stabilization of the abilities and possibilities of humans with handicap to arrange their life. Stewens: ?The switches for as comprehensive and equal a participation in the life in the community as possible are already placed in the child age. This is because early diagnosis and targeted support of disabled or children threatened by disability are of crucial importance for the further development of children. For this reason, early intervention centres and social pediatric centres with their range of differentiated diagnostics and multi-professional therapeutic support have proven to be effective preventive aids in this early phase of life."

Source: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Arbeit und Sozialordnung, Familie und Frauen (Bavarian State Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs, Family and Women)

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