The mission of BCDSIG is to promote inclusion, provide education and resources to the community, and support individuals with Down Syndrome and their families in our community.
Websites on Inclusion
TIES Center is the national technical assistance center on inclusive practices and policies. Its purpose is to create sustainable changes in kindergarten-grade 8 school and district educational systems so that students with significant cognitive disabilities can fully engage in the same instructional and non-instructional activities as their general education peers while being instructed in a way that meets individual learning needs.
CAST is a multifaceted organization with a singular ambition: Bust the barriers to learning that millions of people experience every day. We do this by helping educators and organizations apply insights from the learning sciences and leading-edge practices to educational design and implementation.
Located near Boston, CAST is a nonprofit education research and development organization that created the Universal Design for Learning framework and UDL Guidelines, now used the world over to make learning more inclusive.
Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
General comment No. 4 (2016) on the right to inclusive education
To close the education gap for children with disabilities, UNICEF supports government efforts to foster and monitor inclusive education systems. Our work focuses on four key areas:
Advocacy: UNICEF promotes inclusive education in discussions, high-level events and other forms of outreach geared towards policymakers and the general public.
Awareness-raising: UNICEF shines a spotlight on the needs of children with disabilities by conducting research and hosting roundtables, workshops and other events for government partners.
Capacity-building: UNICEF builds the capacity of education systems in partner countries by training teachers, administrators and communities, and providing technical assistance to Governments.
Implementation support: UNICEF assists with monitoring and evaluation in partner countries to close the implementation gap between policy and practice.
The Center on Inclusive Education (CIE) at the University of New Hampshire is a leader in the transformation of schools so that students of all abilities are successfully learning in their home schools within general education settings. When students with disabilities are provided appropriate instruction and supports, they can learn grade-level general education curriculum, communicate in ways that are commensurate with their same-age peers without disabilities, have meaningful social relationships, and graduate from high school—college and career ready.
The Inclusive Schools Network (ISN) is a web-based educational resource for families, schools and communities that promotes inclusive educational practices. This resource has grown out of Inclusive Schools Week™, an internationally-recognized annual event created by Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) and now sponsored by Stetson & Associates, Inc. ISN’s mission is “to encourage, embolden and empower people to design and implement effective inclusive schools, by sharing insights and best practices and by providing opportunities for connection.”
World of Inclusion provides:
Consultancy and training on implementing Article 24 of UNCRPD and Inclusive Education
Training on Inclusive Education for Educators, Administrators, Principals, Parents and Disabled People
Training and advice on the Implementation of UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Training on Inclusive Education for Educators, Administrators, Principals, Parents and Disabled People
Assemblies and classroom sessions on disability equality
Training on Disability and the Media
Training on the Implementation of UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities
Consultancy and support for schools on developing their Disability Equality Schemes
Consultancy on reorganising education systems to become inclusive
Consultancy and training for teacher trainers
Empowerment work with disabled young people
What works when bringing together education technology (EdTech), information technology (InfoTech) and assistive technology (AT) for students with disabilities? CITES, the Center on Inclusive Technology & Education Systems at CAST, partners with school districts from across the country to answer that question. What we learn informs the development of the CITES Framework of evidence-based practices for creating and sustaining inclusive technology ecosystems in school districts.
Digital technologies, if fully harnessed, can transform education for all students, especially those with disabilities. CISL, the Center on Inclusive Software for Learning, is creating a suite of innovative tools. These tools are designed to support today's diverse learner needs by making digital educational materials accessible, flexible, and engaging for all students.
TASH is an international leader in disability advocacy. Founded in 1975, TASH advocates for human rights and inclusion for people with significant disabilities and support needs – those most vulnerable to segregation, abuse, neglect and institutionalization. TASH works to advance inclusive communities through advocacy, research, professional development, policy, and information and resources for parents, families and self-advocates. The inclusive practices TASH validates through research have been shown to improve outcomes for all people.
Down syndrome Education International
Our research focuses on developmental research designed to improve speech, language and communication skills, raise levels of achievement in literacy and numeracy, and support effective inclusion.
Our publications include ebooks, books, films, specialist teaching materials and apps, and web sites offering detailed information and practical guidance for parents and professionals. Our online courses, and consulting and training services offer expert advice, guidance and support to parents, therapists, teachers and assistants worldwide.
Kids Included Together (KIT) nonprofit organization. KIT envisions a world where inclusion is the norm, not the exception because children with disabilities, complex needs or challenging behaviors have the right to meaningfully participate in their communities.
In support of a more inclusive world, KIT teaches inclusive practices to individuals and organizations who serve children to change their attitudes and practices. KIT provides best-in-class inclusion training on-site and online through KIT Academy. KIT also provides observations, consultations and recommendations to ensure organizations are confident in serving ALL children, regardless of ability.
Shelley Moore is a highly sought after teacher, researcher, consultant and storyteller and she has worked with school districts and community organizations throughout both Canada and the United States. Her research and work has been featured at national and international conferences and is constructed based on theory and effective practices of inclusion, special education, curriculum and teacher professional development.
Changing Perspectives works to achieve systemic change to create more equitable, empathetic and inclusive communities. Social-emotional learning is applicable to people of all ages, genders, ethnicities, backgrounds and cultures. Developing these essential skills around collaboration, communication and empathy are universal to the betterment of schools, workplaces, and communities.
We see our work as having a ripple effect. As we train people in one setting, they are able to move into other communities and have a positive impact upon that community.
Our goal is to educate, empower and inspire individuals to become the change makers for tomorrow, by helping to build a more inclusive, just and equitable society.
The STEM Innovation for Inclusion in Early Education (STEMI2E2) Center aims to:
Develop and enhance the knowledge base on engagement in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) learning opportunities for young children with disabilities (O-5);
Implement high-quality technical assistance and professional development to increase engagement for young children with disabilities in STEM opportunities; and
Engage partners and stakeholders from diverse disciplines and industry in work to increase the inclusion of young children with disabilities in early high-quality STEM learning experiences.
Clay Aiken and his mother Diane believed that with the right tools and training, EVERY program and organization could include ALL children--and in return EVERYONE would benefit from that inclusion.
Clay and Diane made it their mission to bring this vision to life. Thus on July 28, 2003, the National Inclusion Project was born.
A leading voice for inclusion, we’ve partnered with some of
the country’s largest youth organizations and most
prestigious educational institutions, developing cutting
edge inclusion models, training hundreds of industry
leaders and facilitating inclusive opportunities for over
15,000 children a year.
Information and Resources for Inclusion of Children and Adults With Disabilities in Classrooms and Communities.
Our Mission: “To promote inclusive communities where all people belong”
Articles on Inclusion
Abt Associates, 2016
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Diversity and Inclusion
Inclusivity means not ‘just we’re allowed to be there,’ but we are valued. I’ve always said: smart teams will do amazing things, but truly diverse teams will do impossible things~ Claudia Brind-Woody ***Diversity is about all of us and about us having to figure out how to walk through this world together.~ Jacqueline Woodson *** Diversity and inclusion, which are the real grounds for creativity, must remain at the center of what we do. ~ Marco Bizzarri *** We are all different, which is great because we are all unique. Without diversity, life would be very boring.~ Catherine Pulsifer ***A lot of different flowers make a bouquet. ~ Islamic Proverb *** It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity, there is beauty, and there is strength. ~ Maya Angelou *** A diverse mix of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone.~ Sundar Pichai *** We all want something to offer. This is how we belong. It's how we feel included. So if we want to include everyone, we have to help everyone develop their talents and use their gifts for the good of the community. That's what inclusion means - everyone is a contributes.~ Melinda Gates *** We need to resist the tyranny of low expectations. We need to open our eyes to the inequality that remains. We won’t unlock the full potential of the workplace until we see how far from equality we really are.~ Sheryl Sandberg ***Inclusion is not a matter of political correctness. It is the key to growth.~ Jesse Jackson *** Diversity is a fact, but inclusion is a choice we make every day. As leaders, we have to put out the message that we embrace and not just tolerate diversity.~ Nellie Borrero *** Diversity, or the state of being different, isn't the same as inclusion. One is a description of what is, while the other describes a style of interaction essential to effective teams and organizations.~ Bill Crawford *** When everyone is included, everyone wins.~ Jesse Jackson *** Diversity is the mix. Inclusion is making the mix work.~ Andres Tapia *** Diversity really means becoming complete as human beings - all of us. We learn from each other. If you're missing on that stage, we learn less. We all need to be on that stage.~ Juan Felipe Herrera **** Diversity requires commitment. Achieving the superior performance diversity can produce needs further action - most notably, a commitment to develop a culture of inclusion. People do not just need to be different, they need to be fully involved and feel their voices are heard. *** You deserve a circle of inclusion and influence, but it’s up to you to create it.~ Richie Norton *** Tolerance is not creating characters to suit a particular audience. It’s about inclusion of characters representing our societies.~ Gloria D. Gonsalves *** Let’s stop believing that our differences make us superior or inferior to one another.~ Con Miguel Ruiz *** A more diverse future begins with more opportunities.~ Oscar Auliq-Ice *** INCLUSION—It's amazing what happens when we allow the flower that is us, the flower that is them, to become part of the bouquet. ~ Laurie Buchanan *** We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.~ Jimmy Carter *** We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.~ Max de Pree
BOOKS about INCLUSION
Books are listed alphabetically.
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