View the Film Ian

Celebrate National Inclusive Schools Week with a powerful short film: “Ian” Academy Award-eligible, “Ian” tells the story of a real-life boy with Cerebral Palsy whose fierce determination to be included on his local playground changes the beliefs and actions of his community. Download these talking points that will help you generate a thoughtful post-viewing discussion among… Read more

Resources for Working with the Deaf and HoH Community

Thanks for the inspiring message and great resources Sara! Dear ISN, My nephew is the sunshine of my life. He just so happens to be deaf, and he and I talk (I learned sign language!) about how it’s one of the many, many qualities that makes him so special. He’s always accepted who he is… Read more

ISN Partner: Shane’s Inspiration

An international non-profit organization, Shane’s Inspiration’s vision is to foster a bias-free world for children with disabilities.  Their mission is to create inclusive playgrounds and educational programs that unite children of all abilities. Take a tour of one of their INCLUSIVE PLAYGROUNDS. Together, We Are Able is their powerful school social inclusion program. Proven already… Read more

By Jackie Nunes, Young people are more connected and tech-savvy than ever, but there are a surprising number of things many of them don’t know how to do – and it’s not just writing in cursive or driving a stick shift. Many college students didn’t send in their absentee ballots in the recent election… Read more

ISN Partner: Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools®

Thanks to the Special Olympics Unified Generation, nearly 8,000 schools across the United States are centers of inclusion by implementing Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® programming. These inclusive schools are currently located in 49 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools is a program for schools Pre-K through… Read more

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ISN Partner: The Nora Project

The Nora Project‘s mission is to teach empathy by sparking friendships between students and their peers with disabilities. Why it Matters Creating supportive communities for people with disabilities (now and for the future) starts with teaching today’s generation empathy—a practice that will benefit them in all aspects of their lives. Without the opportunity to learn… Read more

ISN Partner: Intelligent Lives

Inclusive Schools Week is a proud partner with INTELLIGENT LIVES, the groundbreaking new documentary by Dan Habib. Narrated by Academy-award winning actor Chris Cooper, the film stars three pioneering young adults with intellectual disabilities – Micah, Naieer, and Naomie – who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. The film can now… Read more

Swim Team: A Movie About a Diverse Group of Teenagers

Swim Team chronicles the extraordinary rise of the Jersey Hammerheads, a New Jersey based swim team of diverse teenagers on the autism spectrum. Following the team for a season from their first day at practice to the National Special Olympics, and covering their struggles and triumphs in and out of the water, Swim Team captures… Read more

There are several resources that will help you as you search for schools that have a strong commitment to effective inclusion. Every state has a Department of Education that reports on that state’s target for Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). This LRE data is also available for individual districts and schools within the state. The higher… Read more

Tips to Improve your Child’s Sleep

Tuck Sleep Foundation is a non-profit community devoted to improving sleep hygiene, health and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources. Tuck has been featured on NPR, Lifehacker, Radiolab and is referenced by many colleges/universities and sleep organizations across the web. Here are a couple featured articles from Tuck Sleep… Read more