We Need to Talk: Building Inclusive Communities
How do you define inclusion? Come hear from panelists of varying backgrounds who look at social justice through a special needs lens. Participants will learn how these experts use “inclusion” to describe the act of intentionally creating and seeking diverse communities that welcome and support people with special needs to learn alongside their typically developing peers. Panelist will share their personal definitions, stories, best practices, and will invite others who may or may not share similar backgrounds to do the same. The conversation is not limited to special needs issues, as this practice of equal access, when authentically implemented, is impactful for all learners and communities.
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- Unpack the idea of inclusion, weigh the effects and outcomes, retrace the history, and honor diverse definitions existing for many groups of people.
- Explore how inclusion, access, and social justice connect, and discuss how inclusion can empower and lead to better outcomes for all students.
- Define inclusive practices from varying perspectives and share ideas for best practices when building inclusive communities for all learners.
- Cristen Carson Reat , Co-Founder, BridgingApps, Non-profit organization of Easter Seals Greater Houston/BridgingApps
- Lyn Pollard, Parent & Community Engagement - Understood, Understood - Parent/Community Engagement & Content Team, National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) - Parent Advocacy Manager
- Mark Barlet, Founder & CEO of AbleGamers, an international nonprofit specializing in enabling people with disabilities to achieve lifelong dreams through technology. The 501(c)(3) is recognized by the leading organizations for disability rights and innovation., AbleGamers, an internationally recognized nonprofit that advocates for greater accessibility in the digital entertainment space for people with disabilities.
- Sara Stone, Co-Founder/Co-Director , Community Roots Charter School Community Roots Charter School is K-8 school located in the diverse neighborhood of Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Sara Stone is the Co-Founder and Co-Director, supervising teaching staff and maintaining the mission of the school.
Rachel Zindler, Co Founder/Educational Consultant, Teaching2gether