How educators can create classrooms for youth with disabilities

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For Educators

Ways you can create classrooms where kids and youth with disabilities belong

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Understand

that disability is part of life and not inherently tragic or inspirational and as an educator you are uniquely positioned to help students re-think their understanding of disability.

Expect a lot

from students with disabilities when helping them create good lives.

Listen

and actively seek input from students with disabilities in goal setting and decision making.

Learn

what your students with disabilities like to do and incorporate those activities in the classroom.

Adapt

group activities (such as field trips and sports) so all students can participate, without exception. This means all students participate in the same activity and use their strengths to contribute to the activity’s success.

Help

students learn how to communicate with others about their disability and advocate for their needs and goals when they choose.

Include

curriculum content created by or for people with disabilities so all students see themselves reflected in the classroom.

Make

every day a new opportunity to build on the strengths of students with disabilities who are experiencing challenges.

Foster

a climate of acceptance, belonging, friendship, and kindness in your classroom and school.

Recognize

all forms of bullying and address them.

Ensure

students receive all supports they require in their accommodation plans.

Plan

physical spaces and desk arrangements to accommodate supportive equipment and different learning styles.

Consider

using accommodations like visual schedules for the entire class, instead of exclusively for students with disabilities.

Identify

barriers, like doors without access buttons, and discuss how we can find solutions.

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