As experienced inclusion facilitators and check advocates for inclusive education, we’ve often observed that others were interested in inclusive education, but unsure of how to actually implement inclusive practices on a day-to-day basis. Over time, we’ve chatted together about this observation and realized that we have quite a few tried-and-true strategies that we’ve found useful and were eager to share them with others. We believe that inclusive education is important for students with and without disabilities, and we hope to share with others the many practical strategies we have identified. We also believe that many educators have learned strategies and tips in workshops and teacher preparation programs that are difficult to implement in everyday practice.
The strategies in this book are based on our own experiences as inclusion facilitators searching for practical tools in books and on the Internet, re-creating resources shared at workshops, and independently developing tools to further inclusive education at our schools. With this experience in mind, we set about writing this book as a practical tool for educators, support staff, and parents who are interested in promoting inclusive practices. We have shared with our readers the many tools and strategies we have gathered on our journey toward more inclusive schools and share them on a website so that our readers can adapt the tools for their own use and particular circumstances.