Inclusion

Unique Abilities

Description of Inclusion

in·clu·sion, n. 1. to have as part of a whole, contain, comprise. 2. to take into account and include.

Inclusion is… “…a value that supports the right of all children, regardless of their diverse abilities, to participate actively in natural settings within their communities.”

– Division of Early Childhood Position Statement on Inclusion, 2000

The Early Learning Coalition of Seminole advocates and supports children with unique abilities being included in quality early childhood program. The Coalition employs an Inclusion Specialist to ensure child care providers and parents have a resource with expertise and knowledge for successful inclusion.

The Inclusion Specialist can help with topics including but not limited to:

  • Curriculum issues
  • Strategies for Managing behavior
  • Child Development Concerns
  • Health
  • Environmental adaptations
  • Laws and regulations (i.e. The Americans with disabilities Act)

There are inclusion specialists at each coalition office in our State and all are dedicated to:

  1. To increase the number of providers who offer quality inclusive programs for children with disabilities and special health care needs
  2. To enhance the confidence, ability level, and education of caregivers who care for children with disabilities and special health care needs
  3. To assist providers and the families they serve in understanding and accessing the community resources and services available for children with disabilities and special health care needs
  4. To increase community awareness of the need for, the requirements of, and the benefits associated with inclusive child care for all children

“For Americans without disabilities, technology makes things easier, and for those with disabilities, technology makes things possible.”

– Council on Disabilities

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Additional Resources

“For Americans without disabilities, technology makes things easier, and for those with disabilities, technology makes things possible.”

– Council on Disabilities

Florida Department of Education
http://www.fldoe.org/

 

Florida Department of Education: Gardiner Scholarship Program http://www.fldoe.org/schools/school-choice/k-12-scholarship-programs/gardiner/

 

Florida Department of Health
http://seminole.floridahealth.gov/index.html

 

Federation for Families
http://www.ffcflinc.org/

 

Autism Society of Greater Orlando
http://asgo.org/

 

Autism Speaks
https://www.autismspeaks.org/

 

Birth through three Early Steps Program
http://www.floridahealth.gov/AlternateSites/CMS-Kids/families/early_steps/early_steps.html

 

SCPS Exceptional Student Support Services http://www.scps.k12.fl.us/esss/ESEServices/PreKDisabilitiesProgram.aspx

 

Florida Inclusion Network
http://www.floridainclusionnetwork.com/

 

Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida
http://www.dsacf.org/

 

Spina Bifida Association of Central Florida
http://sbacentralflorida.org/

 

Disability is Natural
https://www.disabilityisnatural.com/

Parent and Child Development Websites

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/index.html

 

Family Development – A Caregiver’s Guide http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/childwelfare/caregivers/ebookdownload.shtml

 

Zero to Three https://www.zerotothree.org/

Our Partners

office of early learning / vpk

 

seminole county gov logo

 

florida prepaid college

 

united way logo

 

seminole state college

Early Learning Coalition of Seminole

280 Hunt Park Cove
Longwood, FL 32750-7567
Phone: 407-960-2460
Fax: 407-960-2489


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