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

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Welcome! Because you are here, we already know you want to make inclusive education a reality for all students with significant cognitive disabilities. We can help with evidence-based knowledge and resources designed to help you create 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.

Time in general education Increasing the number of students included in grade-level general education classrooms majority (at least 80%) of the school day
Instructional Effectiveness Collaboration across educators and specialized instructional support personnel to provide curriculum and instruction in general education classroom
Engagement Engagement with general education curriculum AND age-grade peers
Support Support at both the state and district level and shared ethic of thinking inclusion first
TIES Core Values
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Design for Each and Every Learner: Universal Design for Learning Modules

Designing inclusive instruction takes intentional planning and collaboration. The goal of these modules is to learn more about Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a framework developed by CAST , and how to support educators to design learning experiences that are inclusive for each and every learner. 

The modules are fully asynchronous, so you can progress through them at your own pace. They were co-developed by CAST, TIES, and the Lake Washington School District in Washington.  Skip what you already know, review and revisit materials as is helpful, and share with your professional learning team. We hope these modules help to build collaboration to meet the needs of all students as you pursue rigorous learning goals and instruction that reflects high expectations.

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Who are students with significant cognitive disabilities?

Students with significant cognitive disabilities 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. 

What is inclusive education?

An inclusive education is one in which each and every student is valued and fully supported as active and engaged participants in their school. This means that all students, including students with significant cognitive disabilities, 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

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

The TIES Center is funded through a federal grant from the Office of Special Education Programs. It is the federal technical assistance center on inclusive practices and policies focusing on students with significant cognitive disabilities.

TIES brings together recognized experts in inclusive education to provide evidence-based resources, tools, curricula, and reports so students with significant cognitive disabilities can learn in classrooms with their non-disabled peers.

Resources Our Users Find Most Helpful

10 Reasons to Support Inclusive School Communities for ALL students
TIES Lessons for All: The 5-15-45 Tool
Inclusive Big Ideas: Standards-based resources for inclusive classrooms
Creating communities of belonging for students with significant cognitive disabilities

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