What is Inclusion?
Inclusion means all participate and all belong.
The National Inclusion Project works every day to make the inclusion of children with disabilities a reality. Since our inception, we have made a real impact by ensuring that children nationwide can experience all that life has to offer.
Our mission: The National Inclusion Project serves to bridge the gap that exists between young people with disabilities and the world around them. We partner with communities and inclusive programs creating awareness about the possibilities that inclusion can bring.
“Why can’t I go, too?” He couldn’t say the words, but the look in his eyes conveyed the message clearly as he watched his sister bound from the car to join the other children heading to day camp—swimming towels in hand, calling out to each other as they anticipated a full day of fun and activities.
From the rearview mirror, Diane saw the expression on Mike’s face, and it pierced a mother’s heart. For Mike— a young man with autism—it was another hurtful reminder.
For parents, these are moments of dread: Recognizing a child’s longing to be included, knowing all too keenly the profound pain of being left out, and wanting desperately to make it better.
For children challenged with physical and developmental disabilities and for those who love them, there is a strong desire to belong, but the obstacles can seem insurmountable.
Yet, love has a powerful way of overcoming obstacles and triumphing over the insurmountable.
What began as a glance back at one child has become a glimpse of the future and a vision for all children with disabilities… a vision of inclusion and a world where all children belong.
By teaching children to welcome others into their worlds, the principles of inclusion can help foster a greater sense of cooperation and empathy in the next generation.
Some limitations to inclusion are practical (such as staff, training, equipment, and curriculum); others are less tangible (such as public awareness and societal shifts in thinking). As the recognized leader in the inclusion movement, the National Inclusion Project seeks to address both the practical and philosophical nature of creating a world where all children can enjoy a sense of belonging . . .no longer on the outside looking in, but always included.