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101 ideas and counting

I created this list for our Illinois Includes conference this year. I thought some of you might like to share it with your own groups.

101 Ways to Inspire Inclusion

by Paula Kluth, Ph.D. / www.paulakluth.com

  • include somebody
  • ask
  • ask again
  • ask one more time
  • don’t take ‘no’ for an answer
  • say “yes”
  • get involved
  • be creative
  • think different
  • ask questions
  • focus on learning
  • be part of the solution
  • build on what is going right
  • volunteer
  • clearly communicate your commitment
  • remember that inclusion isn’t just about disability
  • listen to people with disabilities
  • listen to families
  • listen to educators
  • raise your expectations
  • dream big
  • dream a bit bigger
  • see obstacles as opportunities
  • be an advocate
  • collaborate with other advocates
  • read the research
  • share the research
  • share stories of success
  • tell your friends about inclusion
  • tell your Facebook friends about inclusion
  • tell your coworkers about inclusion
  • tell your faith community about inclusion
  • blog about inclusion
  • share helpful You Tube videos
  • make helpful You Tube videos
  • thank a teacher at your inclusive school
  • thank an administrator at your inclusive school
  • write a letter to your U.S. Senator
  • write a letter to your U.S. Congressperson
  • write a letter to leaders in your state
  • start a petition
  • apply for an inclusion-related award
  • give out an inclusion-related award
  • join the PTO
  • join the school board
  • vote for candidates that support issues of equity
  • be a candidate that supports issues of equity
  • read about successful inclusive schools
  • write about successful inclusive schools
  • patronize businesses that hire people with disabilities
  • hire people with disabilities
  • wear a shirt that says “I love inclusion!”
  • get a tattoo that says “I love inclusion!”
  • get a bumper sticker that says, “Honk if you love inclusion!”
  • read books about inclusion
  • write books about inclusion
  • bring books about inclusion to your local library
  • find a free webinar about inclusion
  • design curricular adaptations
  • teach a young person how to create a curricular adaptation
  • use visual supports
  • make sure that your scouting troops are welcoming to all
  • make sure that your school-based extracurricular activities are welcoming to all
  • make sure that your school-age sports teams are welcoming to all
  • speak out against exclusion
  • act out against exclusion
  • look for allies in unexpected places
  • look for allies in expected places
  • learn disability etiquette
  • learn about assistive technology
  • introduce everyone to AAC
  • learn sign language
  • explore apps that can support diverse learners
  • start an inclusion-themed advocacy group
  • join an inclusion-themed advocacy group
  • create an inclusion task force
  • organize an inclusion-themed town meeting
  • propose progressive new policies
  • create a sensory-safe space
  • interview others with expertise
  • visit inclusive environments
  • invite visitors to your inclusive environment
  • give to inclusion-minded organizations
  • join TASH (www.tash.org)
  • raise funds for inclusion-related needs
  • bring disability studies into schools
  • build an accessible playground
  • build a ramp
  • build a strong community
  • celebrate National Inclusion Week
  • support inclusive arts
  • support inclusive recreation
  • support inclusive transportation
  • watch an inclusion-themed movie or documentary
  • make it work
  • attend an inclusion-related conference (e.g., Illinois Includes, PEAK Parent Center, Inclusion Works!, TASH)
  • do something
  • don’t wait for somebody else to do it
  • share this list with others
  • make your own “100 ways to inspire inclusion” list