Get Involved on Inclusion Day

Inclusion means that every person, of every ability, should have the opportunity to fully engage, contribute and participate in their community. How does this happen? This happens when the whole community gets involved! That’s why for the second year we’re calling on classrooms, workplaces and the community as a whole to celebrate Inclusion Day as a part DD Awareness Month on March 16th. That means wearing orange on March 16th and using the hashtag #includeME to spread inclusion pride throughout the community.

But that’s only the beginning! We’ve also put together this guide with resources, tips, ideas, activities and events as a blueprint for your journey to inclusion. Take what you learn and make it your own!

Get Started

5 Ways to Celebrate Inclusion Day 

Summit DD’s DD Awareness Month

Last year’s Inclusion Day

Get Informed

What is a developmental disability?

Why everyone benefits from inclusion

EMPOWER: Summit DD’s vision of inclusion

Get the Resources

Books, apps, websites and social media offer all kinds of awesome ways to spread inclusion in your classroom, workplace or neighborhood. Explore the lists below and find new ways to get involved.

Books

Andy and His Yellow Frisbee

Keith Edward’s Different Days

We Can Do It!

My Friend Ben

Best Friends

Mama Zooms

Or check out this list of the best books to teach inclusion or this collection of books about acceptance

Apps

Assistive Technology Apps: A Guide to Educational Apps for Students with Special Needs

List of Top Mobile Apps for Children with Special Needs

Sit With Us (App designed by student to promote inclusion at lunch time!)

Videos/Websites

Summit DD: My Story Youtube Stories

Inclusion Project

Inclusive Schools Network (tips to turn your school inclusive)

National Center for Learning Disabilities

Ollibean (learn to create and advocate for inclusion)

Most Powerful TED Talks on Disability 

Do2learn (teacher toolbox for inclusion)

Social Media

Summit DD’s Facebook

Twitter

Youtube

Pinterest

The Mighty

Upworthy

The Autism Society of Greater Akron

The Arc of Ohio – Summit and Portage Counties

Disability Scoop

Autism Awareness

Upside of Downs

Social Media Ideas

Use your own voice to make a difference with some social media prompts to inspire your friends!

  • We support inclusion! Wear orange March 16th for Inclusion Pride Day with Summit DD. #includeME
  • Our community is stronger when everyone is included! We are celebrating Inclusion Pride Day with Summit DD on March 16! #includeME
  • Are you wearing orange today? We are! Celebrate inclusion with us and Summit DD! #includeME

Be sure to download our Inclusion Profile Picture to deck out your page in inclusive orange! (Available under downloadables)

Get Involved

Activities

Read a book about disabilities to your classroom/group

Hang a poster with the Summit DD logo in your window to express your support of Inclusion Pride Day

Share lunch time with someone with a disability

Create a Polaroid-style photo frame and use orange props, like mustaches, sunglasses, and thought bubbles, to show your support for Inclusion Pride Day #IncludeME

Tag three friends on Facebook or Twitter and challenge them share a reason why inclusion is important

Spread orange throughout your school: paint your hand orange, and make your mark on someone else’s hand and have them pass it on! See how many students in your school have orange hands at the end of the day

Events

Downloadables

5 Way to Make Your Classroom Inclusive

5 Ways to Celebrate Inclusion Day

Inclusion Pride Day Orange Sign

Inclusion Pride Day White Sign

Inclusion Pride Day Printable Orange Stickers

Inclusion Pride Day Printable White Stickers

Inclusion Pride Day Profile Picture

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