We believe that all children have the right to equal, socially inclusive educational opportunities.
We believe that learning takes place on a diverse spectrum, that all children have strengths and challenges and every child benefits from individualized educational approaches.
Our mission is to connect early childhood education, special education and inclusion teachers in a community of practice for the purpose of sharing and expanding knowledge about child development and inclusive teaching practices. We believe in solving problems collectively and strengthening education through reflection, inquiry, respect and shared power.
Established by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) people first language models respect for the diversity of children, families and professionals in our communities. By always placing the person before the disability we become examples of respect, acceptance and inclusiveness.
The language used in the website will always refer to children with special needs.
We respectfully request that all participants adhere to this standard and shared value.
Examples of people first language:
A child with Down’s syndrome.
She has Autism.
He uses a wheelchair.
People with disabilities.
For more information of people first language go to: www.disabilityisnatural.com
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