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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. ​

We offer resources for educators; parents and families; and state, district, and school administrators that support inclusive education and system change. 

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All of our publications, tools, and videos can be quickly found on our searchable resources page

Our most recent releases, as well as our signature resource series can also be found on this page.

TIES Resource Series

Foundations of Inclusion TIPS
Communicative Supports TIPS
Distance Learning Series
Parent Video Series

Creating Communities of Belonging for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

Belonging wheel with the dimensions of belonging: present, invited, welcomed, known, accepted, involved, supported, heard, befriended, needed

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!

Comprehensive Inclusive Education = General Education + Inclusive IEP

Comprehensive Inclusive Education: General Education and the Inclusive IEP. Four steps

  1. Collaborative Conversation
  2. Creating an Inclusive IEP
  3. Education Day-at-a-Glance
  4. Ongoing Collaboration

Each child is a general education student.

The General Education teacher said, “if I could only see how his IEP fits with the grade-level content, I could figure out how to make it work.” The student’s team was committed to inclusive education but struggled with “how” to make the connection between the IEP and grade-level curriculum and instruction.  

This is a common barrier for effective inclusive programs. Even teams that are committed to the why and what of inclusive education for students with significant cognitive disabilities struggle with the how.

Developed in response to this need, Comprehensive Inclusive Education is a step-by-step process for addressing the context and content of general education curriculum, instruction, and routines and writing inclusive IEPs and processes for teachers, parents, and students to collaborate to implement them across the school year. Practical and streamlined, this package supports the how of inclusive education for students with significant cognitive disabilities. Check it out!