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101 ideas and counting

Posted on October 21, 2013 in Inclusion

I created this list for our Illinois Includes conference this year. I thought some of you might like to share it with your own groups.

101 Ways to Inspire Inclusion

by Paula Kluth, Ph.D. /

  • include somebody
  • ask
  • ask again
  • ask one more time
  • don’t take ‘no’ for an answer
  • say “yes”
  • get involved
  • be creative
  • think different
  • ask questions
  • focus on learning
  • be part of the solution
  • build on what is going right
  • volunteer
  • clearly communicate your commitment
  • remember that inclusion isn’t just about disability
  • listen to people with disabilities
  • listen to families
  • listen to educators
  • raise your expectations
  • dream big
  • dream a bit bigger
  • see obstacles as opportunities
  • be an advocate
  • collaborate with other advocates
  • read the research
  • share the research
  • share stories of success
  • tell your friends about inclusion
  • tell your Facebook friends about inclusion
  • tell your coworkers about inclusion
  • tell your faith community about inclusion
  • blog about inclusion
  • share helpful You Tube videos
  • make helpful You Tube videos
  • thank a teacher at your inclusive school
  • thank an administrator at your inclusive school
  • write a letter to your U.S. Senator
  • write a letter to your U.S. Congressperson
  • write a letter to leaders in your state
  • start a petition
  • apply for an inclusion-related award
  • give out an inclusion-related award
  • join the PTO
  • join the school board
  • vote for candidates that support issues of equity
  • be a candidate that supports issues of equity
  • read about successful inclusive schools
  • write about successful inclusive schools
  • patronize businesses that hire people with disabilities
  • hire people with disabilities
  • wear a shirt that says “I love inclusion!”
  • get a tattoo that says “I love inclusion!”
  • get a bumper sticker that says, “Honk if you love inclusion!”
  • read books about inclusion
  • write books about inclusion
  • bring books about inclusion to your local library
  • find a free webinar about inclusion
  • design curricular adaptations
  • teach a young person how to create a curricular adaptation
  • use visual supports
  • make sure that your scouting troops are welcoming to all
  • make sure that your school-based extracurricular activities are welcoming to all
  • make sure that your school-age sports teams are welcoming to all
  • speak out against exclusion
  • act out against exclusion
  • look for allies in unexpected places
  • look for allies in expected places
  • learn disability etiquette
  • learn about assistive technology
  • introduce everyone to AAC
  • learn sign language
  • explore apps that can support diverse learners
  • start an inclusion-themed advocacy group
  • join an inclusion-themed advocacy group
  • create an inclusion task force
  • organize an inclusion-themed town meeting
  • propose progressive new policies
  • create a sensory-safe space
  • interview others with expertise
  • visit inclusive environments
  • invite visitors to your inclusive environment
  • give to inclusion-minded organizations
  • join TASH (
  • raise funds for inclusion-related needs
  • bring disability studies into schools
  • build an accessible playground
  • build a ramp
  • build a strong community
  • celebrate National Inclusion Week
  • support inclusive arts
  • support inclusive recreation
  • support inclusive transportation
  • watch an inclusion-themed movie or documentary
  • make it work
  • attend an inclusion-related conference (e.g., Illinois Includes, PEAK Parent Center, Inclusion Works!, TASH)
  • do something
  • don’t wait for somebody else to do it
  • share this list with others
  • make your own “100 ways to inspire inclusion” list


  1. From liz tree on 21 Oct 2013

    great and inspiring. I am currently doing one of the things on the list. Trying to influence the school board on the next superintendant hire. Any suggestions from you or others on strategies. Thanks.
    liz Tree

  2. From Paula Kluth on 23 Oct 2013

    Attend any meetings on the topic, suggest a parent survey if they are not already doing one, send a letter with specific ideas on desired areas of expertise– better yet, suggest interview questions.
    Research finalists and provide feedback on anything you can learn about their background related to inclusive education. Keep asking questions and give plenty of input and feedback.

  3. From Paula Kluth on 23 Oct 2013

    Oops- that posted before I was done. Hope that helps, Liz. My last suggestion is to run for school board so you can have even more input as the years go on. We need great inclusive ed advocates on boards. Thanks for the comment!