We all have abilities and challenges
Did you know that according to the latest census data, 20-25% of the population has some form of disability? That includes kids!
What does this mean? Up to 1 in 4 students in your school could have a disability. That might be a developmental disability, a vision difficulty, a problem with hearing, an attention disorder, or a host of other things. Add to that the students who may be experiencing emotional challenges from something like divorce or parental illness, and you quickly realize a simple fact:
Kids are not defined by their diagnoses.
Inclusive education is not about finding a “solution” for children who may have significant, severe, or obvious challenges. It is about helping all students thrive, every day. With our inclusive model of education, you can resource to meet all those needs in a flexible, efficient and effective way.
Kids are not defined by their diagnoses. Each one has strengths and challenges.
Build a Customized Plan
We don’t have a “program” for inclusive education. Instead, we help you determine where you are, and where you want to go. Then we offer tiered services to help you progress toward your goal.
Once we have begun a conversation or completed a Site Study, we can recommend a combination of the following resources.
Membership provides you with all the forms you need to document your work. You also receive access to Professional Development courses, and information about how to access therapy resources from the local public school system. This Membership is typically ongoing.
Teacher Consulting helps with both proactive and reactive needs. These visits are typically more frequent in the beginning, and then taper off. Our 14 teacher consultants are located in West Michigan, Maryland, Wisconsin and Washington, and they provide both in-person and virtual support.
When needed, we can also offer a School Psychologist or School Social Workers to help you understand a student’s learning and social emotional profile.These might be students that the public school won’t evaluate, or students for whom more personalized, in-depth understanding is desired.
How Do You Pay for This Work?
We do not offer a program. First, we invite schools to become Members, so that they can access the wealth of services and resources available through ourMember Center. Then we create a customized service package for each Member school based on its goals and objectives.A typical Member school invests from $12,000-$20,000 annually.
Many schools choose to use Title II professional development funds or EANS funding towards these services. We can work with you on those applications and are flexible in designing a contract that fits your budget. Learn how to think about resourcing your inclusion plans here.