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For instance, a common problem is individuals who are violent as a result of their disability may wish to participate in inclusive programming such as a camp or community swim class, but not be permitted to attend if they have hurt or attempted to hurt a fellow attendee. Most people with intellectual disabilities or mental illness are NOT violent [3,4], and are more likely to be victims of violence [3, 5]. This is where a “grey zone” in inclusion exists: determining if the inclusive environment is the best fit for a participant to be involved in, or if they would benefit more—at least for a time—from a segregated recreational environment with more support. Just because a person can be included does not mean it is the best option for them and the other participants—and of course, safety is the greatest priority and responsibility of all service providers! Decisions around inclusion must be made by the person with the disability, their family or caregiver, the program in question, and any involved disability or funding agencies. It is also possible for people to participate in both inclusive and segregated activities, to reap the benefits of both inclusive and specialized programming.
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