Early childhood inclusion embodies the values, policies, and practices that support the right of every infant and young child and his or her family, regardless of ability, to participate in a broad range of activities and contexts as full members of families, communities, and society. The desired results of inclusive experiences for children with and without disabilities and their families include a sense of belonging and membership, positive social relationships and friendships, and development and learning to reach their full potential. The defining features of inclusion that can be used to identify high quality early childhood programs and services are access, participation, and supports.
(NAEYC) National Association for the Education of Young Children and DEC (Division for Early Childhood) of the CEC – Council for Exceptional Children 2009
Watch Universal Design for Learning Video from Building Inclusive Child Care to see universal design principles in action. Download or print the UDL Checklist (PDF) to guide the expansion and strengthening of UDL. (external link)
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