Inclusion of youth with disabilities is an important component of a high-quality afterschool and summer learning program.
All children with or without a disability should benefit from attending programs that have adopted the philosophy of inclusion. Inclusion is more than just being present, it’s about being involved in every part of life – whether it’s at school, in youth groups, organizations, on the playground, at work, and more.
Below are sources to help parents and providers to better include all youth in their out-of-school time learning.
Special Needs Inclusion Project
This toolkit contains information and practical strategies to create a welcoming environment for all children, with and without disabilities.
People First Language
About 50 million Americans report having a disability. Most Americans will experience a disability some time during the course of their lives. Disabilities can affect people in different ways, even when one person has the same type of disability as another person. Some disabilities may be hidden or not easy to see.
Together Beyond the School Day: Including Youth with Disabilities in Out of School Time Programs
This booklet, created by Maryland Disability Law Center, provides information about ways to ensure that all children have an equal opportunity to participate in OST programs. This is designed to answer key questions for parents, young people and providers, explain relevant laws and connect both parents and providers with organizations that can help them meet the needs of all children.
West Virginia Developmental Disabilities Council
The Arc of West Virginia
Kids Included Together
West Virginia Advocates
West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities
West Virginia Autism Training Center at Marshall University
WV Parent Training and Information, Inc.