The end of the most unprecedented year in school history is upon us! As you’re planning your end of the year events, these are some things to consider in order to help families of students with disabilities feel more welcomed and engaged.
Ways to be inclusive and accommodating:
● Work with school site staff to encourage diverse families to serve as volunteers so there will be many voices during planning of events
● When planning events, always consider how to involve and accommodate students with disabilities so that they can enjoy it as much as their typical peers
● Personally invite families with SWDs and share ways each event will be accommodating to their needs
These tips can be applied to all end of year events such as field days, graduations, awards ceremonies, dances, class parties, etc.
Some specific things you can do:
● Provide support staff for students who need one on one support and let families know they will be available
● For overstimulating events, provide a sensory friendly cool-off room
● Include SWDs in the main event as much as possible
● Provide AT or other communication devices as needed throughout events
● Clearly communicate with families about what you will be doing to include their child in these activities
● Personally invite families to attend or volunteer
If you’d like more information about any of these ideas, please reach out to our team. We look forward to hearing about all of your successful end of year events!