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Friday, December 4 • 8:20am - 9:10am
Challenging segregation -- Kindergarten Inclusion on track for an inclusive life FILLING

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Despite decades of strenuous advocacy and strong research, Kindergarten inclusion remains a major civil rights hurdle for many families. Parents face a disempowering process and a proven systemic bias towards segregation in schools across the country. This session will delve into what parents can do to prepare their children and themselves for transition, and how schools can better prepare to embrace all learners. Drawing from NWDSA/ABI's successful Kindergarten Inclusion Cohort, this session will look at what skills and community connections are necessary for advocacy at the K transition and beyond. We also will examine research on outcomes of the KIC. OBJECTIVES: Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to: 1. Describe the systemic challenges facing families who are preparing for the Kindergarten transition 2. Understand the components of the Kindergarten Inclusion Cohort, including the web of community support that is necessary for its success 3. Understand some of the challenges facing teachers in schools, and strategies to better support them 4. Understand the importance of accessing inclusive classrooms from a young age, and the way that this can set a life-long trajectory for a richer life in community. 5. Understand the need for vast systems change in education to make supported inclusive kindergarten placements universal

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Alicia DeLashmutt

Our Home, Inclusive Community Collaborative
The Founding Neighbor of Our Home, Inclusive Community Collaborative, Alicia has over 16 years of community involvement as a disability inclusion and housing advocate. She is the proud mother of a fabulous and strong-willed teenage girl who experiences complex disabilities. Her daughter... Read More →

Ruth Falco

Director, RCIEP, Portland State University, Dept. of Special Education
Inclusive education, preschool - postsecondary

Friday December 4, 2015 8:20am - 9:10am PST
Eugene 1401 SW Naito Parkway Portland, OR 97201

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