Education

10 Reasons to Support Inclusive School Communities for ALL Students

Inclusive school communities are educational settings in which students with disabilities have opportunities to participate and receive support in all aspects of school life alongside peers who do not have disabilities. In an inclusive system, special educators, specialized instructional support personnel, general educators, and other education personnel work together to address the needs of students with disabilities. By collaborating, these educators better support the learning and participation of all students. Furthermore, research demonstrates that a learning community is better, richer, and more effective when students with disabilities are full participants.

10 Research-Based Tips for Enhancing Literacy Instruction for Students With Intellectual Disability

A set of 10 research-based tips for special education teachers, general education teachers, and other members of IEP teams to consider when planning literacy instruction for students with ID in order to maximize student outcomes.

Books from Birth

The mission of Governor's Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF) is to promote early childhood literacy in Tennessee's birth to age five population. In partnership with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, GBBF gives all preschoolers in Tennessee the opportunity to receive books in the mail at no cost to families. Our vision is a Tennessee where all preschool children have books in their homes, develop a love of reading and learning, and begin school prepared to succeed, from kindergarten throughout their educational journeys.

Down Syndrome Education Online

Down Syndrome Education Online offers comprehensive information about Down syndrome, including articles, books, research and training.

Endrew F.: A New Tool For Enhancing The Parent Voice At The IEP Table

National PLACE Webinar will focus on the impact of Endrew F. on the families of children with disabilities at the IEP decision-making table!

Facilitating Social Inclusion Webinar

DSAMT hosted self-advocate Rachael Mast and her mom, Jawanda Mast, Manager of Grassroots Advocacy at the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) for a workshop at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center in 2016.

IDEA Series: The Segregation of Students with Disabilities

 This report is part of a five-report series on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that describes the legal and scientific basis for an inclusive versus segregated education, summarizes national patterns for educating students with disabilities in general education classes, examines federal and state guidance, and state compliance with federal mandates, describes effective educational practices for reducing segregation, and provides findings and recommendations for improvement.

IDEAL Program

Two-year, non-residential certificate program that is designed to encourage and support students with ID/DD to experience college as their peers do. Students between the ages of 18-26 who have completed high school and have a documented intellectual or developmental disability (ID/DD) are encouraged to apply.

Inclusive Schooling

Inclusive Schooling is an engaging community for educators, administrators and parents who seek to create more inclusive schools.

National PLACE

Empowering families and family-led organizations to advocate for enhanced, meaningful parent involvement and leadership in all policy decision-making that impacts services for children and families

Pagination