Inclusion of people with disabilities and special health care needs is part of a larger picture than simple placement in jobs or classrooms with non-disabled peers. It is being included in all aspects of life and participating using one’s abilities in daily activities as a full member of their schools and communities.

Friendship Toolkit

A new resource from PEAL for families, educators, and service providers, as well as peers, siblings, and communities. The good life is built with good relationships; friendships make our lives meaningful. There is no set formula for friendship development for children with disabilities. However, there are six key elements that appear repeatedly in research related to friendship and children with disabilities. To learn more about each element and what you can do to facilitate friendship development check out the entire toolkit and tip sheets.

Middle School Inclusion Series

A series of solution-oriented webinar workshops that examined issues confronting parents and educators as students move from elementary school to middle school. Participants were able to join in the discussion from their homes.

Middle School Inclusion: Making it Happen
Presenter: Judith Gran, Esquire, Public Interest Center of Philadelphia

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Life After the Last Bell
Presenter: Stephen Hinkle

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Paraprofessional Supports in Inclusive Classrooms: Why We Need Alternatives
Presenter: Michael Giangreco


Social and Sexual Changes in Middle School Students
Middle School is Not a Developmental Stage or 10 Things I Think We Should Talk About
Presenter: James DelBianco

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Supplementary Aids and Services Toolkit

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