So during my last year in high school when the only option they had for me was for my to be placed in a day program because of my physical limitations, we said no. My mom and dad expected greater of me. We began the transition process all on our own and made sure my voice was present to make sure things got done. That is when we learned the truth, that college was possible.
What will or should good planning for inclusion across school activities look like moving forward? The field is open for conversation....Fostering these inclusive environments should occur at all school levels, starting in early childhood settings, where interactions among peers lay the foundation for social skills and community norms.
With a bippity boppity “You’re 22!” we are transported to the distant land of Disabled Adulthood. It’s been whispered about in social service agencies for years. It’s been alluded to in obscure corners of your IEP. You’ve been perfecting your fine and gross motor skills, picking pennies out of a sweaty piece of Theraputty to prepare you for this very moment. But…the Transition. What is it, you ask?
Inclusion is one of the most amazing things that places like Sesame Place offer, and best of all, there are supports in place to support our kids. Go out, try new things, and follow your child’s lead; the worst thing that can happen is a meltdown (we deal with these anyway). But the best thing that can happen is the making of incredible memories.
When every child is shown early on that inclusiveness is a paramount value to strive for, we all win.