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ERIC Number: EJ769622
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Inclusion and Disability Awareness Training for Educators in the Kids Like You, Kids Like Me Program
Mickel, Julie; Griffin, Jayne
Young Children, v62 n4 p42-45 Jul 2007
As a result of improvements in and the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-446), classrooms across America are evolving into inclusive learning environments where children with and without disabilities learn side-by-side. Often, however, general education teachers find themselves unsure of how to address the needs of students with disabilities through the general curriculum. In Chattanooga, Tennessee, Siskin Children's Institute and Creative Discovery Museum partnered to address inclusion planning needs by starting an annual, multifaceted program for educators and students--called Kids Like You, Kids Like Me--to promote teacher and student understanding and acceptance. These two institutions previously collaborated to provide an inclusive camp for children with autism, which led to the realization of the need to teach disability awareness. Through this community partnership between the Institute and the museum, participants in the program leave enriched, through activities, dialogue with each other, and knowledge gained from speakers with wide and varied expertise in implementing best practices to support inclusive educational opportunities. This article describes the Kids Like You, Kids Like Me program which starts with a three-day teacher workshop. The workshop incorporates a variety of approaches to meet varied learning styles, including creative simulation activities, lectures, inclusive social gatherings, journaling, interactive disability discussion panels, lively skits, and packets of resources for teachers. (Contains 9 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Tennessee
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act