Creating Communities of Belonging for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities
Everyone wants to be valued and have a sense of belonging in their community. The need for valued belonging is true for students in a school community as well. Although belonging is equally important for all students, students with significant cognitive disabilities are less likely to experience a deep sense of belonging.
Developed to directly address the creation of school communities in which each and every student is included in all aspects of everyday school life, Creating Communities of Belonging for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities describes ten dimensions of belonging. This is a "ready to use" resource that includes a mini guide for each dimension of belonging that defines the dimension, provides snapshots of what it would look like, presents steps schools could take to promote change, and suggests areas of reflection for members of the school community. Belonging matters for everyone - check out this resource to support that outcome for each student in your school community!
Understanding the Role of Paraprofessionals in Your Child’s Education in Inclusive Classrooms
Paraprofessional support is often necessary for at least portions of the day for students with significant cognitive disabilities. Their support helps students to meaningfully participate across all general education environments. It can be challenging for parents to understand their rights to access paraprofessional support as well as envision ways that effective paraprofessional support can be implemented and later faded to enhance independence. Recognizing "look fors" for effective use of paraprofessionals helps determine if the supports are being used in ways that achieve the student's desired outcomes. Understanding the Role of Paraprofessionals in Your Child's Education in Inclusive Classrooms is the seventh brief in TIES Parent Brief series. It is rich in great information to discuss with your child's team and concrete examples to provide a picture of what successful paraprofessional support can look like.