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Say YES to
LET'S BE HEARD!
are not part of the solution...
then you are part of the problem!
we can raise our voices and bring issues about inclusion to the forefront
Together we can organize and take action to make change happen
You have the power to make a difference
Whether you think you can, or that
you can't, you are usually right
~Henry Ford ~
THE TIME TO DO
SOMETHING IS NOW!
supports and services; unqualified teachers and staff; lack of training;
lack of funding; lack of assistive technology; physical, social, and
attitudinal barriers are not acceptable! We know what the struggles are
for equal access and opportunities in education. We know it is possible
and probable that all children can be welcomed, embraced, supported and
accommodated in our schools. We know the real issues are the barriers
created by written and unwritten policies and procedures that treat
students with disabilities as second class citizens. We need to let the
world know loud and clear - this is not acceptable!
We're not gonna take it!
What are the problems?
Appropriate supports and services not
available in general education classes
Students with disabilities not considered
in decisions that affect all students
Teacher preparation not adequately
addressing inclusion of students with disabilities
Paraprofessionals not trained in
Funding used as a reason for not
identifying and appropriately supporting a student's needs
Disability not considered when teaching
Separation between general and special
education -- two systems
Lack of accountability and failure to
collect data objectively
Laws being disregarded for students with
Policies and procedures that ignore
students with disabilities
Parents not informed about the
possibilities, laws and rights
Staff, parents, administrators,
government, and school boards uninformed about inclusion
Universal Design is rarely recognized or
Low or no expectations for students with
Stereotyping by label and categorical
False perceptions that "children" must be
ready, instead of classes being ready for students
Lack of Assistive Technology, related
services and information
Little to no local interagency
Best practices for people with
disabilities is not brought into the general classes
do we envision?
- An educational system that provides
equal access and opportunities for all students.
- A system that does on-going reflection
of how "it", and the people in it, can change to better meet all
student's needs by adjusting the learning environments, teaching
strategies, positive behavioral supports and technology.
- One educational system where special
education is a supporting part of education and not a separate system.
- The federal law, Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act, is actually implemented and people are held
accountable with direct repercussions if they fail to implement IEP's,
provide FAPE or appropriate supports and services.
- Children come first, and children with
disabilities are considered part of "all children" and are considered in
- Schools that understand best practices
for people with disabilities and help children reach their potential by
utilizing their abilities.
- Children with disabilities are expected
to be educated with their peers, and schools, parents, and the community
understand how inclusion works and how it benefits all children and
- Everyone working as a team and the
bottom line is utilizing solution oriented approaches for planning each
- No child left behind, really means no
child left behind and no child left out.
16 Things You Can Do to Make a
What can you do?
Every effort leads to change. This is a process
not a once and done event.
Keep your efforts going and encourage others in the community to join you!
Nobody made a greater mistake than the
who did nothing because they could only do a little.
~ Edmund Burke ~
involved in the schools
- Insist that student's with disabilities
are a part of every decision for all students
- Ask to join the district's strategic
planning committee and/or action teams
- Start an inclusive education committee
- Create a loaner library with inclusion
information and materials
- Network with other families of children
with and without disabilities
- Attend school board meetings, provide
suggestions and informational materials
- Meet regularly with whoever in the
district will listen - superintendent, teacher, guidance counselor, etc.
- Work with the PTA on promoting inclusion
and sharing information
- Make sure people with disabilities are a
part of diversity lessons and celebrations
Bring in speakers about inclusion and diversity
list of the leaders in the field here!
- Encourage assemblies,
entertainers and performances that demonstrate diversity
- Write and/or meet with state and federal
directors of general and special education
- Join education coalitions for school
- Write, call and/or visit your
local, state and federal legislators regularly. Let them hear your personal
stories. Thank them for their help. Let them know you are a voter!
- If they receive as little as 20 or more
contacts about an issue, it will get attention
- Imagine if inclusive education were the
attention of every legislator! We can do this!
- Since so few people write, one letter is
considered to represent thousands of opinions
- Get involved in drafting, commenting and
contributing to legislative proposals on education
experience is expertise, you can provide policymakers relevant
- Sign on to a petition demanding action
-write to email@example.com
to list petitions here
Click here for links to find your representative's contact info
- Please submit sample letters to share
- Share inclusion success
stories with parents and professionals
- Support people with disabilities
in sharing their own experiences and stories
- Share inclusion fact sheets and information
- Join disability rights
organizations and activities to promote inclusion
- Make a difference in your own
- Call attention to inaccessibility -
Accessibility checklist (.pdf file requires Adobe)
- Speak out against ignorance
- Make suggestions for inclusion materials
at your local libraries
- Write to your local newspaper
- Speak or suggest speakers to other
organizations to spread the word about inclusion
- Rotary Clubs
- Church Groups
- Parents of children who are included
- Students included
- Adults with disabilities
- Parents need to invite children with and
without disabilities to activities in their homes
- Families should welcome people with
disabilities in their activities and homes
- Share information about why you are
including your child and what your vision is
- Involve people with disabilities in your
community; invite them to participate in all aspects
- Promote disability sensitivity and
- Fight injustice
- Enlist others- This is not a
disability issue, its a society and educational issue
- Get family, friends and neighbors
- Ask your church or community group to
- Work with other groups interested in
improving education for all children
- Work with other groups interested in
- Participate in advocacy and
- Partners In Policymaking -
Courses in states
- Pennsylvania Partners (C2P2)
- Check Calendars of events and trainings
- Know the History...
(What they don't teach you in
- The Present...
- Acknowledge good things
- Write thank-you's, give awards,
support good efforts