TIES helps educators, parents, and administrators create and support inclusive school communities

Welcome to TIES Center!

Because you are here, we already know you want to make inclusive education a reality for all students with disabilities, including those with extensive support needs. We can help with evidence-based knowledge and resources designed for creating high-quality fully inclusive classrooms and schools.

You will find tools to help you learn about inclusive education, inspire others, and plan lessons that work for all students. We focus on moving students from less inclusive to more inclusive educational environments. The TIES Center Core Values drives all of our work.

What is inclusive education?

  • One in which each and every student is valued and fully supported as active and engaged participants in their school.
  • All students, including students with extensive support needs, are supported to succeed in making academic progress, building friendships, and engaging in extracurricular activities along with their grade-level peers.
  • Read more about how TIES approaches inclusive education

Who are the students with extensive needs?

  • Students with extensive support needs are students who require intensive and individualized instruction and substantial supports to access the curriculum.
  • These are most often students classified for special education services under the categories of autism, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, and deaf-blindness.
  • Students with extensive support needs may include, but are not limited to, students with significant cognitive disabilities.

Why can you rely on the information you find on the TIES website?

  • TIES brings together recognized experts in inclusive education to provide evidence-based resources, tools, curricula, and reports so students with disabilities, including those with extensive support needs, can learn in classrooms with their non-disabled peers.
  • From 2017-2022, TIES was funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.

How can TIES help?

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