Posted on March 17, 2013 in Inclusion
From Section 3, idea #10 of Don’t We Already Do Inclusion?
If you have being “doing inclusion” for several years, it may be time to look outside your school and your district and discuss your work with other educators. To get new ideas and to assess your current practices, join like-minded folks at one of the nation’s many state or regional inclusive education conferences. There are many disability conferences across the country, but very few are specifically focused on inclusive education.
Some of the best are:
- PEAK Parent Center in Denver, Colorado
- PEAL Parent Education and Advocacy Leadership in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania or surrounding area
- Arc of Texas (Inclusion Works!) in Austin, TX
- Kids Included Together (KIT) in San Diego, California
- New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education in New Jersey
- Illinois Includes in Oak Brook, IL
- Inclusion MATTERS in Louisiana
- Summer Inclusion Institute in Wisconsin
TASH is another source for conferences on inclusive education but these national conferences move from city to city so you need to go directly to their website to learn about conference locations and topics.
These conferences can be transforming for self-advocates, parents, and teachers alike. One of the most powerful ways to use conference attendance as a tool for change is to attend as a team. Bring teachers, therapists, parents and school leaders if possible and use the one or two day event as a way to learn, connect, and create new goals.
Have you attended or presented at an inclusion conference? Which ones have you found to be the most inspiring? Helpful? If you could take a team from your school to a conference, which one would you attend and who would you take?