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Inclusion: A  vision  and  a   mindset Shira  Ruderman   Director,  RFF  


Vision: Including  each,  strengthening  all •  Vision:  spread  the  mindset  of   inclusion  across  en9re   organiza9ons,  communi9es,   socie9es,  and  lives.   •  Why  focus  on  mindset?   •  With  a  mindset  of  inclusion,   everyone  feels  welcome  and   anything  is  possible.   •  Money  is  not  everything.  


Inclusion in  the  schools •  Inclusive  schools  prepare  children   to  be  more  independent,  and   be,er  ci.zens  throughout  their   lives,  in  higher  educa9on,  worship,   employment,  etc.     •  There  are  benefits  for  children            with  all  abili9es.   •  Inclusion  promotes  acceptance  and   trust,  and  decreases  prejudice   (Sirlopu  et  al.,  2008).   •  Inclusion  benefits  academic  skills   (Stahmer  &  Carter,  2005).  


Holis9c approach Schools  

•  We promote  inclusion  throughout     all  sectors,  and  the  en9re  life  cycle.   •  Educa9on  is  cri9cal  at  every  stage.  

Recrea9on

Camps

Synagogues

Hollywood

Housing

Synagogues

Employment Hollywood  

Higher educa9on  

Government


Holis9c approach •  All  organiza9ons  need  to  be  inclusive   •  Every  school   •  Every  synagogue   •  Every  camp,  etc.  

•  Community of  prac9ce   •  Share  ideas  and  collaborate   •  One  change  is  a  catalyst  for  another  


Holis9c approach •  Our  work  throughout  all  sectors  of  society  includes  advocacy  and   programs.  


Holis9c approach •  Inclusion  is  NOT  an  isolated   program  within  an  organiza9on.  

Hiring

Board

Website

Inclusive and   accessible   Building  

Programming

Mindset


A mindset  in  a  school •  As  school  leaders…   •  Iden2fy  small  changes  you  can  make  now.    Then,  share  these  changes  with   the  en9re  school  community.    This  shows  that  inclusion  is  a  priority.   •  Add  welcoming  language  on  the  school  website.   •  Encourage  parents,  students,  and  teachers  to  use  you  as  a  resource.    You   might  not  be  able  to  answer  all  of  their  ques9ons,  but  you  want  to  try.   •  Include  pictures  of  students  with  disabili9es  in  promo9onal  materials.   •  Consider  inclusion  across  all  ac9vi9es  –  educa9ng  students,  hiring  teachers,   purchasing  supplies  from  inclusive  corpora9ons,  etc.   •  Communicate  to  donors  that  inclusion  is  essen9al.    We  can’t  afford  to   exclude  20%  of  our  popula9on.  


A mindset  in  a  school •  As  teachers…   •  Celebrate  diversity  and  inclusion.     •  Model  kindness,  flexibility,  and  crea9vity.       •  View  inclusion  as  an  opportunity  for  collabora9on  and  professional   development.   •  Recognize  the  contribu9on  that  each  child  can  make  to  the  classroom   community.    Communicate  this  contribu9on  to  the  class,  to  parents,  and  to   the  school.   •  Ask  all  parents  about  their  children’s  unique  strengths  and  weaknesses.    If   appropriate,  ask  the  children,  too!  


Thank you! •  Any  ques9ons  or  comments?  

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