There is more than 30 years of research to support when people of all kinds of abilities learn and play together, everyone benefits.
So what is the problem? Why isn’t inclusive education or access to inclusive community organizations more common?
I’ve got the answer for you. It is really a simple.
In fact, you won’t believe how simple it is.
You need to ask to be included.
That is it. The more people ask (even demand) to be included (for themselves or their children) the more pressure will be on your schools and your community to provide opportunities.
But that is the easiest part of this whole process. Because after you request will come the excuses why they can’t accommodate you and your family.
That is why we exist. To show you exactly what to do when that happens.
Take a look at our Inclusive Resources Tab in the menu at the top of the website.
There are links to research and other information that will help you be on your way to advocate for inclusion in your very own context.
Read our latest posts that point to how we can create a more inclusive world.
We have all kinds of different people who are invested in inclusion write for our site.
From educators to parents to self-advocates. We see that diversity as a strength. We hope you do too.
What is so important about inclusion?
I think there are two basic assumptions that you need in order to support inclusion (in any context)
- All human beings are created equal (you know the American way) and deserve to be treated as such.
- All human beings have a desire to belong in a community and live, thrive and have a sense of purpose.
Here is what you can do right now to get us closer to a more inclusive world.
- Download the iAdvocate app from the Syracuse University Parent Advocacy Center. No matter what part you have to play in bringing about inclusive practices this resource is essential.
- Follow us on social media so you don’t miss a post. We also share inclusive links and resources from around the web and especially from our inclusion peeps. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Linkedin. Join over 13,000 combined followers.
- Become a member. I know..look at this guy…hocking memberships. But here is the thing. When you sign up and shell out your hard earned money…we are able to keep this site as relevant and edgy as possible. We are not a non-profit. So that means we don’t take donations. It also means that our writers and editors rely on your annual membership to get paid for their services. Click here to register as a member.
Grow with us.
We just turned three years old and we are just getting started. Something exciting is about to happen in this world. The tide is turning toward inclusive thinking. Let us help you bring inclusion where you live.
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