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Access to the General Curriculum – Region 20 ESC develops a framework for statewide collaboration through a comprehensive planning process. Priorities in professional development and technical assistance focus on ensuring that all students with disabilities will gain access to and show progress in the general curriculum through curricular/instructional adaptations in the least restrictive environment. Resources include: Least Restrictive Environment Questions & Answers, Standards Based IEP Development Question & Answers, A Guide to Co-Teaching, and Preschool Least Restrictive Environment, as well as a free online training module on Standards Based IEPs.
Texas Assistive Technology (AT) Network (Region 4 ESC) – Assistive technology enables students with disabilities to access the curriculum, increase independence and participate actively in education and life activities. The website has online training modules regarding AT assessment & implementation, as well as a wealth of AT resources and AT Links.
Center for Inclusive Child Care – This website is a centralized, comprehensive resource network supporting inclusive care for children in community settings. They have a variety on online training modules and tool kits.
Center on Human Policy - Home page of the Center on Human Policy – a Syracuse University based organization that studies and promotes inclusion for people with disabilities. Information about the organization and its publications are provided as well as an extensive list of web links to other disability resources.
I am Norm - Through this campaign, Im Norm hopes to raise awareness about inclusion, provide opportunities for youth to share their ideas about inclusion, and promote inclusive practices in schools and communities. Im Norm wants to encourage the acceptance, respect, and full inclusion of all youth, including those with disabilities, in schools and communities. They have a variety of resources to Host your own I am Norm Day, Take Action, and Teaching Tools.
Inclusion Press - The home page of “Inclusion Press”, self-described as “a small independent press striving to produce readable, accessible, user-friendly books and resources about full inclusion in school, work and community.” The site includes books, videos, web links, newsletter highlights, and workshops.
Inclusion Research Institute - The web site of the Inclusion Research Institute whose purpose is “to develop, research, and disseminate educational, therapeutic, and technological innovations...”
Inclusive Schools Network – Website offers a forum for educators, students, family, and community members to share experiences and ideas with each other. Included is a Self Assessment tool for schools to guide a review of current practices regarding inclusive education, additional resources and success stories.
United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Chicago - A project of United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Chicago entitled “The Web Spot for Exploring Inclusive Education”. This site offers teaching strategies for elementary school, middle school, and high school levels; strategies for incorporating assistive technology into the classroom; and a list of resources and information.
Kids Together, Inc. - The web site of Kids Together, Inc. whose mission is to “promote inclusive communities where all people belong”. It includes information and web links on inclusive education, supported employment, obtaining assistive technology, legislation, people first language, and more. It also contains some light-hearted cartoons and “top ten lists” that many parents can relate to.
National Center for Universal Design – Universal Design for Learning is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, assessment that work for everyone – not a single, one size fits all solution, but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs. This web site Defines UDL and its Three Principles, offers guidelines, explains the components of UDL curricula, research, as well as an extensive resource library in a variety of media.
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) - This organization serves the nation as a central source of information on: disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth; IDEA, which is the law authorizing special education; No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with disabilities); and research-based information on effective educational practices.
National Inclusion Project - Through innovative programs and strategic partnerships, NIP are leading the way for inclusive communities nationwide. "Let’s ALL Play" provides a program model for recreational programs seeking to improve the way they implement inclusion. "Together We Make a Difference" is an effective service learning curriculum tool that teachers and program providers can use to help all children make an impact. They also offer other grants for those seeking to make a difference in their communities with inclusive programs and families seeking to benefit from inclusive programs.
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research - The web site of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, whose purpose is to “conduct comprehensive and coordinated programs of research and related activities to maximize full inclusion, social integration, employment, and independent living of disabled individuals of all ages.”
Project Participate - This is the web site of Project Participate providing “practical solutions to enhance learning, teaching, and the full inclusion of students with disabilities in the classroom. Project Participate facilitates team collaboration and the appropriate use of technology in the classroom.”
TASH - The web site of TASH, an international non-profit organization working for “equity, diversity, social justice and inclusion” for people with disabilities. The site provides information on TASH including their mission statement, resolutions, and policy statements; conference information; publications; web links and more.
Texas Center for Disability Study - This is the home page for the Texas Center for Disability Study, one of 66 University Centers on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Research, Education, and Services (UCEDD). Their mission is “to serve as a catalyst so that people with disabilities, are living the lives they choose in supportive communities.” Information also provided in Spanish.
Texas A&M Center on Disability and Development – This is the home page of TAMU Center on Disability & Development, one of 66 University Centers on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Research, Education, and Services (UCEDD). They support the self-determination, community integration, and quality of life of people with disabilities and their families.
Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities - This is the web site of the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities. “The Council works to create change so all people are fully included in their communities and exercise control over their own lives.” This site includes information on grants; the FYI newsletters; many web links, and more.
VSA – The International Organization on Arts and Disability - VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, was founded more than 35 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to provide arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities and increase access to the arts for all.
Whole Schooling Consortium - This is the home page of the Whole Schooling Consortium. “In Whole Schools, children with substantial differences learn well together – students with mild to severe disabilities, gifted, from many cultures and ethnic groups.