This website is a joint project created by an elementary special
educator, a physical therapist and a parent of a child who has Down syndrome.
The project's goal is to compile literature-based lesson plans and other resources for
educators, therapy providers and parents to use in an effort to enhance the
inclusion of young children with disabilities in their neighborhood schools and
communities through similarities awareness. Our goal is to ensure that
classrooms, schools, teachers, communities, parents and children are, indeed,
celebrating all of us!
About School and Community Inclusion for Professionals and
of project: Research supports
the idea that all children, those who have disabilities and their typical
peers, who are socially engaged and share a sense of belonging in their
communities and classrooms are more successful at reaching academic goals. And
since children's attitudes towards
disabilities are formed in the preschool and early elementary years, these early years are
an ideal time for children to develop understanding of others and develop
positive social behaviors. Using
similarities awareness as a bridge to friendship, the
lessons and resources described in this website facilitate the development of
relationships among pre-kindergarteners through 2nd graders,
which is an optimal age range for building positive inclusive behaviors,
compassion and understanding.
To learn more
about facilitating friendships and inclusion, read our literature
Thank you to Elmwood Elementary School, in Baltimore, Maryland. We especially thank Peggy Deremeik and Nancy Costello, Elmwood's pre-k teachers, and their students, for inviting us into their school to pilot our pre-k/kindergarten lesson in March, 2004.
Created Spring, 2004.
Last updated: 02/10/2012