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What is Include Me School Age?

The Include Me Program is designed to promote and expand inclusive practices for students with significant impact of disabilities, grades K-12, and the schools they attend. The Arc of Pennsylvania, with guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education and the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network, is working with student teams to provide training and on-site technical assistance to participating students so they can attend school with the supports they need to be successfully and meaningfully included in general education classrooms.

What types of training and technical assistance is provided?

Qualified Include Me Program consultants are prepared to provide support and training on the following topics for school personnel/student teams (including administrators, general and special education teachers, guidance counselors, school nurses, para-professionals, and support staff and parents and family members of children with significant impact of disabilities).

  • Facilitation of the Supplementary Aids and Services toolkit, as requested by student team
  • Curricular Adaptations and Access to the General Education Curriculum 
  • District and Parent Communication Skill Building 
  • Assistive Technology 
  • The Hidden Curriculum
  • Writing IEP goals and Progress Monitoring 
  • Trauma Informed Behavior Supports 
  • Chapter 14 regulations 
  • Disability Awareness 
  • The Essential Elements of Customized Employment
  • The Importance of Building Social Capital as a Tool for Transition Planning
  • E-Learning modules 

Contact nturman@includempa.org to request a copy of the full Include Me Professional Development Guide for more offerings

Where We Are

Our program works with public school districts across Pennsylvania.

Measurable Impact

The Include Me Program believes in the importance of running an effective that makes a lasting impact on students and schools. The Arc of Pennsylvania found an independent group to research the efficacy of our program and methods.

  • Arc
  • Office of Developmental Programs
    Bureau of Early Intervention

  • The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

  • The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation