In between all of the bad news these days are a few of these jewels that give us hope and optimism:
This story, about a mom with a child with special needs has gone viral on social media. It is a beautiful lesson on the honest curiosity of children and two courageous moms who used a chance encounter as a teachable moment for all of us.
Or how about this one: a collegiate athlete who, during a team visit to a middle school, took the time at lunch to sit down next to a student with autism.
Just small random acts of kindness that have had a phenomenal impact for both giver and receiver as well as thousands of others who have now read about them.
We hope these messages of hope inspire you reach out and include any child with a special need.
Here are a few of our favorite inclusion solutions:
In digital and print this resource provides information and specific strategies for creating an inclusive PE environment and adapting strategies for students with specific disabilities.
A stool and storage for teachers on the move! This rolling seat flips up for storage and has the just right tools for inclusion like adapted scissors, weighted lap pad, seat cushion and set of gel fidgets.
Says thank you in 39 different languages! What an easy way to embrace language and cultural differences to promote inclusion.
These adorable plush companions can sing, read and/or answer phone calls with their Bluetooth enabled technology. The perfect icebreaker for inclusion activities.
Teacher and author Thomas Armstrong writes… “A movement is emerging in education called neurodiversity, which suggests that we view our students with special needs in terms of “diversity” rather than “disability.” By embracing this more positive perspective, and coupling it with differentiation strategies that build on students’ strengths, we can help ensure that our students with special needs achieve success both in the classroom and out in the real world.”
We totally agree!
For more ideas on how you can help support inclusion in your community visit www.bestbuddies.org