The Index for Inclusion is the process of finding a solution to remove barriers to learning and active participation of all students in school activities. Index is a guide to schools to become places where the uniqueness of each child is accepted.

Child version of the Index for Inclusion, based on the Index for Inclusion, represents students’ creative way of researching school inclusiveness. One of the methods used in the research of the child friendly version of the index is image (photography). Traditional research approaches (ex., questionnaires and interviews) may be limited in the part of engaging students to give their views on issues such as inclusion and diversity, while image is a powerful for a larger and more positive impact on their peers, teachers and school management. Having in mind that the goal of inclusiveness is involvement of every student in the school processes, participatory photography gives the opportunity to all students regardless of their disabilities or difficulties to adequately engage in the process of research in their schools so that their "voice" is heard. In addition to photographs, in the child's version the participants can use other creative means of expression such as literal composition, drawings, cartoons, shows, etc.

Literal composition "Children about Inclusion"

Children with SEN should not be excluded from all the things that their peers enjoy in. We all deserve the same, but still differences exist among us. Probably most of us will never know how to listen, understand and sympathize as they do. I know they are better friends, basically because they will never judge someone based on their appearance. Unfortunately, often they are judged. You shouldn’t feel pity for children with disabilities but help and be proud of them, because they are fighters and have courage more than we can ever have. We don’t miss a thing, but still we would like to have something more. It’s selfishness. If only we could stop being deaf for someone elses matters or problems, we could use the time to help someone in need. Actually they are not the ones that need to adjust. We should not say at all that they are children with SEN, but those who cannot accept and support them have larger disabilities and issues, as well as institutions that don’t know how to adjust their plans and programs according to their needs.

Sara Šarić,
IXb Elementary school “Vladislav Sl. Ribnikar”-

Rasovo, Bijelo Polje