Read or watch the recent congressional testimony on "A Truly Inclusive Society: Encouraging the Ability in Disability" by TIES Director Sheryl Lazarus.

TIES Center is the national technical assistance center on inclusive practices and policies. Its purpose is to create sustainable changes in kindergarten–grade 8 school and district educational systems so that students with significant cognitive disabilities can fully engage in the same instructional and non-instructional activities as their general education peers while being instructed in a way that meets individual learning needs.

TIES stands for:

  • Increasing Time
  • Instructional Effectiveness
  • Engagement
  • State Support for Inclusive Practices
These four elements represent the complexity of systemic change to support increased student engagement and improved learning outcomes for students with significant cognitive disabilities.