A Guide to Planning an Inclusion Project
Inclusion can be defined as being a part of a group or a part of something. Inclusion can also be defined as learning to live together; treasuring diversity; and sharing gifts and abilities. There have been numerous demands from individuals with disabilities living in the community who are tired of being denied or ignored by a society that does not honor their right to participate in all aspects of community living.
The materials found in this guide were prepared by youth leaders with disabilities as part of a three year grant from the VDOE. This grant is coordinated by the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University. This guide is intended to be used as a resource primarily for local education agencies (LEAs). You may envision investing in hosting an Inclusive Project event. It is recommended that you take an integrated approach, taking advantage of the rich resources within your entire community. Any organization
or agency you partner with could also use the information in this guide to host an Inclusive Project event lasting a day or week. You may wish to launch a series of events within the school and broader community.
This guide is divided into three sections:
1) Inclusion Project Planning
2) Inclusive Project Implementation
3) Inclusive Project Sample Activities