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

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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Inclusive Big Ideas: Spark ideas for your standards-based lessons!

Would you like to spark ideas for your English language arts (ELA) inclusive lesson planning? The Inclusive Big Ideas resource, developed in collaboration with our partners at CAST , offers busy general educators along with their special education colleagues ways to improve standards-based lesson planning and access to ELA grade-level standards for students with significant cognitive disabilities. This resource offers ideas of how to provide flexible options, reduce barriers, and intentionally design for learner variability in ELA lessons. Organized by grade and standard, this resource gives you hundreds of ideas and strategies for lesson planning.

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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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