Inclusion

09a Count Me In: Best Practices for Building an Inclusive
Classroom Community – Part 1
Michael Remus, MS, Director of Student Support Services, Deer Valley Unified School District, Phoenix, AZ

The session will cover steps parents can take to have their children participate with typical peers to build an inclusive community within the general classroom and learning center. It will define what inclusive practices are and the service delivery model to meet the continuum of services for each unique child. The participants will be provided questions they can ask at IEP meetings to (hopefully) secure a more inclusive environment and strategies to help them both in the academic and behavioral areas.

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09b Count Me In: Best Practices for Building an Inclusive
Classroom Community –Part 2

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60 Inclusion in Private Schools: A Model for Success
MandiAshley, Director, Heart to Heart Program, Stephen Camarata, PhD, Professor, Vanderbilt University, Chris Price, Franklin Road
Academy and Glenn Funk, Board Member, Franklin Road Academy and father of a son with DS, Nashville, TN

This session will provide a model for successfully including children with DS in a private school setting. This model, known as the Heart to Heart Program, furthers the child with DS’s academic potential and develops the character of their typical peers. Hear from both
administrators and parents how this model was created, funded and carried out.

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