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Child and youth development staff and providers develop expectations for how individuals and groups of children develop, interact, and behave. Values, attitudes and beliefs about disability and behavior affect how staff and providers think about and respond to the situations that arise in their programs. This management webinar will focus on helping child and youth professionals identify and adjust their expectations in order to understand and address challenges. Read More

There are some basics about disability inclusion that every youth development professional should be familiar with: how the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, applies to you and how to talk respectfully about disability.  These videos will give you an overview of the ADA and give you tips about using socially responsible language.  Check out the additional resources for more videos and articles.   Read More

Imagine walking into your favorite place.  Hopefully, that place brings you a sense of comfort and belonging.  A critical part of successful disability inclusion is making your program have that same sense of comfort and belonging for all.  A supportive environment includes your physical, sensory, and social-emotional environment.  In this section of the course, you will watch a video about the impact your environment has on disability inclusion.  Read More

Responding to concerning behavior can be one of the toughest parts of your job.  Responding in the moment is just one piece of the puzzle.  Reflecting on your views about behavior helps you to decide if your expectations align with youth development and if you recognize the underlying factors that impact youth behavior.  In this section of the course, you will engage in a scenario to better understand your views about behavior and see supportive responses in action.  Read More

Out-of-school-time programs provide the ideal opportunity for youth with disabilities to connect with their non-disabled peers and experience a sense of belonging they don’t always get.  To make this a successful experience, sometimes youth with disabilities need accommodations.  In this section of the course, we will share easy-to-use tips and tools that represent the best practices in disability inclusion.  Read More

Family Collaboration Description  Families are a valuable resource when it comes to disability inclusion.  Families are experts in their child’s strengths, needs, and knowing what does and doesn’t work.  Collaborating with families requires youth development professionals to develop positive relationships with families and approach families respectfully when they have questions or concerns.  Read More

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