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7 Key Steps to Self-Determined Transition Planning

This blog post presents 7 elements of self-determined transition planning, excerpted and adapted from Your Complete Guide to Transition Planning and Services by Mary Morningstar & Beth Clavenna-Deane. These are some key starting points you can use as a guide when you’re thinking about how to increase student participation in the transition process.

10 Modifications for Learners with Sensory Issues

In this post, we bring you some concrete modification suggestions from Teaching the Moving Child by Sybil M. Berkey, a fascinating and practical book that helps you improve students’ academic and social outcomes using insights from the field of occupational therapy. Berkey puts together a great list of suggested modifications for learners with sensory issues, […]

Enhancing Early Ed Classrooms with UDL

At the Inclusion Lab, we bring you lots of practical posts about enhancing K-12 classrooms with universal design for learning (UDL). But does UDL work equally well in early childhood settings? Yes—and this post gives you some simple starting points to help all young children be successful and meet learning standards. It’s excerpted and adapted […]

6 UDL Myths (and the Facts Behind Them!)

The UDL framework holds such great promise—but with so many myths and misconceptions floating around, those three letters can seem a little mysterious. What is UDL, really? Is it just differentiation in disguise? To answer these questions, let’s check in with UDL expert Loui Lord Nelson, whose book is making a big splash in the […]

8 Ways to Make Your Small-Group Activities More Inclusive

Here are eight common challenges to student participation in small groups, and some easy tricks you can try to make these activities more inclusive. (These tips are adapted from Susan Sandall’s Building Blocks for Teaching Preschoolers with Special Needs.)

Presuming Competence: What It Is, What It Looks Like

If you’re already on board with inclusive education, you probably know all about the concept of presuming competence and can cite the benefits in your sleep. But if you’re just joining #TeamInclusion, you might have questions. If a student has a severe disability, how can I presume he can learn what the other kids are […]

Making the Most of Shared Reading: Practical Tips from Two Experts!

In their book Shared Storybook Reading, Helen Ezell and Laura Justice identify two key skills children with and without disabilities must bring to the shared-reading table (or armchair) to get the most out of this important activity. Those skills are: attending and conversational turn-taking. So how can you help a child you love develop these […]

Infographic: 10 Tips on Creating an Effective Inclusion Team

Teamwork is the fuel that keeps inclusion going. If you’re just getting started with inclusion or want a to-do list to get your existing team on track, today’s post is for you! This infographic gives you 10 helpful tips on creating a team that communicates smoothly and collaborates successfully. It was created with information from […]

“Take a deep breath, and just do it”: An inclusion success story

In this post, you’ll hear from California mom Nelia Nunes, whose daughter Sabrina was born with a significant disability, and Sabrina’s second-grade teacher, Nancy. Together, they paint an awesome picture of the difference full inclusion makes in the life of a child.