Aspire’s mission is to support the successes of children and adults with developmental disabilities, strengthen their families and build embracing communities. Founded in 1960, it is recognized throughout Illinois as a leader in providing bold, pioneering and uncompromising services to children and adults with developmental disabilities, their families and the Chicagoland community.
They have partnered in “All Are Welcome” initiative designed to systematically educate and support Catholic school principals in becoming innovative and creative in ways to meet the needs of all children in the classroom.
Together they provide education, professional development and support to principals, leaders and educators to promote change in the classroom and ensure that “all are welcome” in our schools and communities. They hope to impact 10,000 students, families and educators and continue to reinforce the belief that “together, we’re better”!
Learn a little bit more about the difference this organization is already making!
Read about Patrice Tuohy’s journey to get her daughter Hannah, who has Down syndrome, an inclusive Catholic education.
Here is a story of one Chicago school on a mission to include kids of all abilities in its classrooms, and how the community, including nonprofit Aspire, is helping to make it happen.
You can learn more about this groundbreaking initiative at www.luc.edu/gcce/inclusivepractices/allarewelcome.