For Educators

Implementing Inclusion in Education from the National Down Syndrome Society

Inclusive education is more than mainstreaming. Mainstreaming implies that a student from a separate special education class visits the regular classroom for specific, usually non-academic, subjects. Inclusion is an educational process by which all students, including those with disabilities, are educated together for all, or at least most, of the school day. 

Key Advice from Behavioral Expert

Award-Winning Behavioral Expert Shares Key Advice, Dennis McGuire, Ph.D., two-time recipient of Global’s Award of Excellence—in Medical Outreach and Psychology—and co-author of Mental Wellness in Adults with Down Syndrome and The Guide to Good Health for Teens and Adults with Down Syndrome, shares three important takeaways regarding behavioral health in people with Down syndrome.

National Center On Educational Outcomes TIES Center

The primary outcome of the TIES Center is to improve the quality of instruction for students with significant cognitive disabilities in inclusive environments through the use of existing curriculum and instructional materials. The new center will also provide models and coaching to both general education and special education teachers to create more inclusive opportunities. In addition the TIES Center will support changes to inclusive practices and policies within partner state and local education agencies.

NDSS Get to Know Me

Raise awareness about Down syndrome and promote inclusion with the NDSS posters and accompanying lesson plans. The 11x17" posters are perfect for any elementary school classroom, community center, religious organization and more! The lesson plans, for grades K-2 and 3-5, reinforces the inclusive message of the posters.

Paula Kluth Special Education Blog

Dr. Paula Kluth is a consultant, author, advocate, and independent scholar who works with teachers and families to provide inclusive opportunities for students with disabilities and to create more responsive and engaging schooling experiences for all learners.

People First Language

Words are powerful, this invisible, but potent, force-not the diagnosis itself.-is the greatest obstacle facing individuals who have conditions we call disabilities. To ensure inclusion, freedom, and respect for all, it's time to embrace People First Language by Kathie Snow, 

Stubborn is as Stubborn Does

Stubborn Stubborn Does by Carol Johnson, states it is interesting how many people talk about their child's stubborn behavior as if it was part and parcel with having Down syndrome. It isn't

Supporting Positive Behavior

Positive, Powerful Strategies for Intervention to address behavior problems before they interfere with LRE, social connections and independence now and later in life. Adapted by Andrew Crim with permission from Supporting Positive Behavior in Children and Teens with Down Syndrome: The Respond but Don’t React Method by David Stein, PsyD and published by Woodbine House

Tennessee Works

Elevating employment outcomes for people with disabilities. The 2015-2016 Britt Henderson Training Series focuses on equipping school teams to implement these approaches in ways that increase peer relationships, build social skills, and increase involvement in the life of the school.

Tips for Administrators

Ten tips for administrators to generate feelings of responsibility to practice inclusion and promote active participation students with disabilities.