Social and educational inclusion is one of the most important processes initiated and ongoing in the transformation of our society. It is a consciously directed social effort to counteract the processes of social exclusion, part of such concepts as social cohesion and integration, as well as the equality and anti-discrimination movements. Inclusion, known under the increasingly popular Polish name of “włączenie”, encompasses a range of activities and solutions – from legal and organisational frameworks to specific procedures and methodological solutions in the broadly understood practice of social life.
It has been most evident in practice as inclusive education, understood as “a project to reform the educational system, which aims to build a high quality school for all students”.
Autism and the current challenges of social and educational inclusion
However, in order to build the true, universal responsiveness of an inclusive school – that is, the ability to respond to the diverse needs of students – one must also have the capacity to see untypical and unique needs, such as those of students with rare diseases. This is why the current issue of EDUKACJA contains articles on both the most common and less common categories of special needs: on one hand, those relating to autism, which is very widespread in schools, and on the other hand, the cases of non-speaking children and KODA children (hearing children of deaf parents), rarely encountered in mainstream schools.