Include Me Program consultants are prepared to provide on site support and training for school personnel/student teams (including administrators, general and special education teachers, guidance counselors, school nurses, para-professionals and support staff) as well as family members of children with disabilities in school districts. Joint training for school district personnel and parents/guardians is offered.
The project offers the following on site training and technical assistance initiatives based on needs assessments:
- Facilitation of the Supplementary Aids and Services toolkit
- Standards Aligned System and Access to the General Curriculum
- District and Parent Communication Skill Building
- Assistive Technology
- Writing IEP goals
- Progress Monitoring
- Chapter 14 regulations
- Disability Awareness
- iPad loans equipped with communication and literacy apps
The Include Me Program has varying levels of activities in participating districts. There are district level activities, school level activities, student team support and parent/guardian training and support. Include Me consultants work with participating districts to complete the Inclusive Practices Facilitated Self-Assessment: Examining School and Classroom Practice. The consultants visit school buildings and classrooms weekly for students participating in the project. They facilitate cooperative planning for student teams and parents and generate training schedules.
Include Me Consultants work with selected school districts to complement any inclusive practice training plans and do not seek to duplicate services in participating districts. They can assist participating districts with meeting least restrictive environment action plans and state performance improvement parent training goals.
Include Me PreSchool consultants work on Early Intervention Technical Assistance teams to support students with complex needs so that they are included in typical preschool settings.