Creating Communities of Belonging for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

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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!