Making Inclusion Happen

General Inclusion Organisations

  • Inclusion Press

    Founding Publishers and Inclusion Champions: Jack Pearpoint & the late Marsha Forest. Jack and Lynda Kahn now lead Inclusion Press which creates person centered resource materials for training events, public schools, high schools, community colleges, universities, human service agencies, health organizations, government agencies, families, First Nations organizations – nationally and internationally – the leading international website for inclusion and a massive influence on all our work!

  • Swift Schools

    The SWIFT domains and features are the building blocks of effective inclusive education. Research shows it takes administrative leadership, a multi-tiered system of support, family and community partnerships, an integrated educational framework, and inclusive policies and practices to effectively meet the needs of ALL students, including students with disabilities and those with the most extensive needs.

  • Inspiring Inclusion

    Scotland based – wants to inspire, support and challenge you to live and work in ways that make it more likely that the people we care about and support will live rich and full lives and have their contribution welcomed and valued. We do this by providing events, training and consultancy for organizations, communities and individuals.

  • Soul Biographies

    Nic Askew is many things. Film-maker, storyteller, musician, composer. In his latest film series, Soul Biographies, he captures the experience of being human, and in doing so, offers the viewer the opportunity to be moved to tears and laughter, and to move into a deeper experience of themselves.

  • Difference Matters

    This is a north-west based training and consultancy company which promotes the social model of disability and the principles of independent living.

    • Mental Disability Advocacy Centre
    • Mental Disability Advocacy Centre whose mission is to advance the rights of children and adults with intellectual disabilities or psycho-social disabilities. We achieve this through three organisational objectives; 1. Creating a body of progressive jurisprudence; 2. Instigating law reform; 3. Empowering people with disabilities and promoting participatory politics.

    • Laurence Clark

      Laurence Clark is an internationally-acclaimed comedian, presenter, writer and actor who has cerebral palsy. His observational, political stand-up and hidden camera footage demonstrate the endearing naivety and ridiculousness of human behaviour by seeing the world through his eyes with humour and warmth. He’s performed everywhere from the House of Commons to a double-decker bus in Sheffield. His 6 critically-acclaimed solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe have gained him 21 4-star and 3 5-star reviews.

    • The Institute on Disability at The University of New Hampshire

      One of America’s foremost research institutes on inclusion.

    • TASH

      This is an international association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates, and professionals fighting for a society in which inclusion of all people in all aspects of society is the norm.Check out some of their regular publications.

    • Disability is Natural

      A green apple is more like red apples than different. An individual with a disability is more like people without disabilities than different.

    • Inclusion in Europe

      A link into inclusion issues in Europe.

    Inclusive Education

    • The Alliance for Inclusive Education

      A UK based Campaigning Group, excellent source of UK links for inclusion.They are a national network of individuals families and groups who work together to help change our education system. The changes they wish to bring about are based on a conviction that all young people need to educated in a single mainstream education system which can support all young people to learn, play and live with each other. We fully support this conviction!

    • Nihal Armstrong Trust

      This is a small charity set up in memory of Nihal Armstrong, who died aged 17, on the eve of his GCSE exams. Nihal had cerebral palsy. They provide children with essential pieces of equipment, communication aids or specific services that their local authority does not provide. A small group of trustees manage the charity. Between them they have a wealth of experience relating to families who care for someone with cerebral palsy. The Trust is keen to make life easier for these families. If you know of someone who is likely to benefit, please tell them about the Trust.

    • Richard Rieser Disability Equality

      Richard is an expert disabled international equality trainer, consultant and teacher. Richard was the founder and Director of Disability Equality in Education for 17 years until it closed on 31st March 2009. Richard developed all and wrote many of DEE’s Resources, these are available for free download on his website. These resources can be used and translated for educational use. All Richard’s work is governed by principles of equality.

    • National Inclusion Strategy

      The National Strategies provide a number of programmes aimed at ensuring effective leadership and teaching to raise the achievement of particular under performing groups of pupils and to narrow gaps in attainment. Programmes range from those focusing on pupils from particular heritage groups to gifted and talented pupils or pupils with learning difficulties or special educational needs. Check out the Inclusion Development Programme.

    • European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education

      This is an independent and self-governing organisation, established by our member countries to act as their platform for collaboration in the field of special needs education and inclusion.

    • Inaura Inclusion Web

      UK Campaign for Zero exclusions in our schools.

    • Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education

      A UK source of information and advice about inclusive education and related issues.

    • Parents for Inclusion

      This is an excellent UK source of support and advice for parents and professionals on inclusive education. They walk the talk! Check out their Inclusion Training Pathway for parents of disabled and ‘labelled’ children.

    • 100 Best Disability Blogs 

        Everyone has busy lives – many are balancing a full time job with caring for elderly parents for example. We know it can be frustrating trying to find blogs and information that is actually useful, interesting and relevant to you. This is an exclusive list of 100 blogs that we feel offer real value to disabled people and carers.


    • STEPS Forward
    • An Inclusive Post Secondary Education Society. STEPS Forward Inclusive Post-secondary Education Society (STEPS) was incorporated in 2001 by a group of parents concerned that there was no place in society for their children with intellectual disabilities as they reached adulthood – no place for lifelong education, no place for employment, no place to participate as citizens. STEPS’ mandate is to transform post-secondary education in the province of British Columbia by modelling inclusion for students with intellectual disabilities, starting at UBC (STEPS-UBC) and eventually expanding to other colleges and universities throughout the lower mainland and the rest of the province.

    • One For All

      This is a group of young women who combine experiences of being disabled and non disabled in the UK mainstream school system. They provide powerful training and consultation inputs from young persons’ perspectives. ‘Despite our differences we all realised that we share one goal – to create one inclusive education system for all, which will ultimately create a reformed mainstream education system for the new millennium and so One For All (Mainstream in the Millennium) was born!’.

    • Every Disabled Child Matters

      c/o Council for Disabled Children National Children’s Bureau. This organisation are committed to getting rights and justice for disabled children.

    • Schools Out

      This is a UK organisation for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transpersons working in education for equality. This is a very useful and informative site for all of us opposed to every form of homophobia, abuse and bullying.

    • Peaceful Schools International

      Peaceful Schools International, a Canadian charitable organization, was established in 2001 by Hetty van Gurp, an internationally recognized educator and author. A network of dedicated, locally-based Regional Coordinators provides support to schools that have declared a commitment to creating and maintaining a culture of peace.

    • Teaching Assistant Research

      Teaching Assistant Research (or Para professionals as they are known in the US) is also being led by Mike Giangreco at the University of Vermont. Well worth checking out together with the links on these pages.

    • The UK Observatory for the Promotion of Non-violence

      This is a new national initiative offering a unique combination of experts in research, practice and training from a range of disciplines all committed to addressing the key issues of aggression, bullying, anti-social behaviour and violence amongst children and young people.

    • British Psychological Society

      British Psychological Society, Division of educational & Child Psychology Annual Professional Development Event.

    • P4C (‘Philosophy for Children)

      Professor Lipman’s project, conceived in the late 1960’s in the wake of student unrest, was to encourage children/citizens to be more reasonable – that is, ready to reason and be reasoned with. Like the ancient Greek philosophers, he saw this as the path to the ultimate goal of education: ‘practical wisdom’, or good judgement. This work links really well with other Circle processes we love…

    • Broad Reach Training

      Broad Reach training run by Norman Kunc & Emma Van der Klift provides professional development on Disability and Non-Coercive Practices helping people work with people, not on them.

    • DownsEd International

      This is an international organisation supporting children with Down’s Syndrome by conducting scientific research, providing information and advice, training and conferences, consultancy and assessments and global outreach.

    • Differentiation Daily

      Check out daily creative differentiation tips for busy inclusive educators!

    • Periodic Table Videos

      Have you ever been confused by Chemistry and especially the Periodic Table? Then check these videos.

    • Yellow Kite

      This is an organisation set up to advocate for a special tribe of children and young people who have been misunderstood and misinterpreted in our schools and communities for too long. Members of this tribe are at risk of exclusion from the very places that could give them the opportunity of second chance learning. They are better known within our schools as ‘at risk’, ‘vulnerable’, ‘in need’, ‘looked after’, and ‘adopted’, but they have one thing in common: they have all experienced significant relational traumas and losses.

    Inclusion in Adulthood

    • National Development Team

      This is a great resource for those concerned with including adults especially when the challenges include complex impairments or mental health issues.

    • Neighbours Inc.

      They are based in the US, they aim: To enable people to design and live the lifestyle of their choice, To create a worldwide family of tiny agencies, and Support Brokers who collaborate with one another, sharing a common vision and values. This is really rich work which needs replication in the UK. We are exploring possibilities….

    • PLAN

      Check out this Canadian organisation for excellent work on the ‘Long View’. They answer the question, ‘What happens to our disabled family members when we die?’ We could learn a lot in the UK from their work which is well described on their website.

    • Equal Futures

      This is a developing organisation in Scotland bringing the same PLAN idea to life. They are a family led organisation that ‘supports people with disabilities and their families to have a good life today, with peace of mind and security for tomorrow’.

    • Jobs for Disabled People

      Exclusive inclusive disability jobs website, who have produced some really informative guides for employees and employers alike on ADHD and Autism..

    • Circles UK

      Circles UK work to build Circles of Support and Accountability and are an innovative and successful community based organisation whose aim is to reduce sex offending, they work in close partnership with criminal justice agencies.

    • Rhodes Wellness College

      Rhodes Wellness College is a Global Leader in Professional Coaching, Counselling and Wellness Training.

    • Dave Hinsburger’s Blog

      Dave has worked in the field of disability since graduating from university over 30 years ago. He became disabled a few years ago now and use a wheelchair when out in the world. He is a leading thinker around a range of inclusion issues.

    • Transition Together

      Helping people with disabilities move from Children’s to Adult services – A site by Walsall Child Development Centre, NHS. This unique NHS team in Walsall are working really hard to get it right at transition for young disabled people in Walsall. They have used Inclusive Solutions extremely well in their consultations with disabled young people. In a recent event they responded to the students’ request to have the mayor present by having both him and senior officers there to answer questions!

    • The Do What You Want Directory – Nottingham

      This is a brand new and very local service that gives you all you need to know about what’s available for purchase in Nottingham and the surrounding areas! Some activities are even free of charge! One of the great things about this site is that you can actually rate the activity or service you received, giving you the chance to leave some constructive feedback.

    • BBC’s Disability Talk Show – Ouch

      Razor sharp talk from the BBC’s disability site, Ouch! Presented by comedians Mat Fraser and Liz Carr. Featuring interviews, quizzes, discussions, chat and plenty of humour. A new episode appears every two weeks.

    • Peter Bates: Linking Disabled people, researchers and communities

      Peter is a respected ally in the movement towards an inclusive world and has doing much pioneering work in the UK world of mental health and community. Here you will find an archive of resources that Peter has developed over the past thirty years of life and whilst working in human services – in probation, the employment service, social services, the NHS, audit and consultancy.

    • Cincibility

      This is a great U.S. Blog. It shows the reality people with disabilities often face in terms of relationships and connectedness, and it challenges us another way by simply asking, “what will you do about it?” It tells a very different story than the feel-good Youtube clips we’re used to seeing. But people want to hear good news, stories that shed some light on people doing good things! you’ll say. But the “good thing” in this story–and a lot of the stories we tell– isn’t the presence of disability; the good thing in this story is people finding each other because of a shared interest and a person with a disability happens to be included in sharing this interest. And included not because of a charity, of pity, or a favor. And really included not just occupying the same space.

    • Starfire

      They invite everyone: people with disabilities, families, paid staff, and other citizens, to step into community with them and build more inclusive lives together. “Networking isn’t a hypothetical exercise, a chart to fill out. It’s making living connections to places and associations and opportunities that will give a person a chance to participate and contribute.” – Beth Mount. They build stronger social networks from a capacity-based approach, together with families, staff, and people with the label of disability. They encourage creative imaginations and unique expressions from everyone, and strive to move away from the traditional roles of “consumer” and “client.”

    Older People

    • Age Matters Clinic

      This organisation aims to improve emotional well-being in the second half of the lifespan. Age Matters are firmly committed to a positive approach to the treatment of depression and dementia in later life and believe that all people who are older are entitled to a full range of therapies. Age Matters has access to a wide range of highly skilled practitioners and are experienced in matching the most appropriate form of psychological therapy to each individuals needs.


    • Disability Rights Commission / Equality and Human Rights Commission

      The Disability Rights Commission (DRC) is an independent body established in April 2000 by Act of Parliament to stop discrimination and promote equality of opportunity for disabled people. Disabled people face massive discrimination and exclusion. For example, if they are of working age, they are twice as likely as non-disabled people to be out of work and claiming benefits. And disabled people are twice as likely to have no qualifications.

    • People First

      These are a self advocacy and the disability rights movement. Check out the books in this bookstore!

    • Values Into Action Scotland

      This Scottish team are concerned with rights, choice and control for people with learning difficulties.


    Restorative Justice

    Restorative Justice is an essential ingredient for the inclusive school and education system. We have been supporting the development of Robin Tinker’s work in Nottingham focused on secondary schools. Check out the links on this national UK site. Transforming Conflict is an excellent site developing restorative justice still further around the UK.

    • Restorative Solutions

      Restorative Approaches in Schools (RAiS) is a programme which provides staff with the skills and knowledge to effectively tackle conflict and behavioural problems. The aim of employing restorative practices in schools is to avoid situations in which schools are obliged to resort to more extreme measures of behaviour management such as exclusion by empowering teachers, parents and pupils to tackle problems at grass-roots level.

    • The Forgiveness Project

      This is an organisation working to promote conflict resolution and restorative justice as alternatives to the endless cycles of conflict, violence and crime that are the hallmarks of our time.

    • Fight Hate and Promote Tolerance

      Great place for teaching tolerance resources and ideas. Do something. In the face of hatred, apathy will be interpreted as acceptance — by the haters, the public and, worse, the victim. Decency must be exercised, too. If it isn’t, hate invariably persists.

    • Lives in the Balance

      Lives in the Balance is the non-profit organization founded by child psychologist Dr. Ross Greene, originator of the empirically supported Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) approach and author of the influential books The Explosive Child and Lost at School.

    Community Building

    • Southwark Circle

      This is a membership organisation whose members stay sorted, connected and lead the lives they want to lead. It does this by introducing members to each other and local, reliable Neighbourhood Helpers. We are proud to receive support from Southwark Council to serve the people of Southwark. Southwark Circle was co-designed with people over 50 years old as well as their families and frontline workers, and was developed by Participle Ltd, and its partners at Southwark Council, Sky and the Department for Work and Pensions.

    • Asset Based Community Development

      The Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD), established in 1995 by the Community Development Program at Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research, is built upon three decades of community development research by John Kretzmann and John L. McKnight. The ABCD Institute spreads its findings on capacity-building community development in two ways: (1) through extensive and substantial interactions with community builders, and (2) by producing practical resources and tools for community builders to identify, nurture, and mobilize neighborhood assets. We at Inclusive Solutions are very excited about work emerging from this Institute.

    • StreetBank

      StreetBank is about sharing the skills you’ve learnt throughout your life and learning those you haven’t. It’s about helping others and providing an opportunity for others to help you. StreetBank allows people to make the transition from a money based communityless society to more of a community based moneyless society, and to share the land they don’t need or can’t use to facilitate a local food community.

    • Movingfrommetowe

      An interesting blog,recommended by David Sibbert.

    • ABCD Europe

      This is a place to discuss, share and deepen ways to apply the principles and practices of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) and other strengths-based approaches. The idea was hatched at the first ABCD European summit in Liverpool, where we were joined by “150” ABCD enthusiasts from the Netherlands, the UK and Ireland. Today we know that there are enthusiasts across Europe who recognise that there is more to a good life than services and more at stake than money.

    • Dulwich Centre

      Australian Muslims and Narrative work… This project recognises that young Australians from Muslim backgrounds have particular skills and knowledge that can be valuable to other young people throughout the country and beyond. Using what are called ‘collective narrative practices’ it has been possible to elicit, richly describe and document these special skills and knowledge, and then circulate these via this publication, an accompanying DVD and website. One of the key principles of collective narrative practice is to enable groups experiencing marginalisation to make contributions to the lives of others. In this instance, the hard-won knowledge of young Australians of Muslim heritage is now already making contributions to the lives of other young people. The sharing of these life-saving tips will continue over coming months and years.

    • Abundant Community

      We change our lives when we change our thinking. These pages are a way to share observations, comments, reflections and links to interesting viewpoints. We offer our own thoughts here and welcome ideas from our wider community. We are especially interested in ideas on the margin, thoughts that may be a little edgy, but interesting and worth discussing. We want this to be a place to give voice to people that we might otherwise not know about. Work by John McKnight and Peter Block.

    Parents and Carers

    • Partners In Policymaking

      This is a course for parents of disabled children and disabled adults. The Course is made up of eight sessions, each session looks at the things that are important to disabled people and their families. Partners in Policymaking shows people how to ask the right questions, and how to present their questions to people who work in services without getting angry and frustrated. Everyone on the course becomes part of a network, so that they don’t need to go to meetings or plan alone.


    • Communication and Learning Enterprises

      CANDLE is the place to contact Marion Stanton and find out more or get direct input on Facilitated Communication. Learning and Communication Support for students experiencing barriers to inclusion.

    • Joshua’s Planet

      Facilitated Communication sites of great interest also include Heather Ashley’s and Joshua’s Planet two young adults who have lots to communicate!

    • One Voice

      This website is an information and support network for children and their families who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication.

    • Deafsign

      This is a new site, that offers a whole new approach to bringing the Deaf and hearing worlds closer together. The site has benefited from examples in other countries, such as the USA and provides information, practical resources, contacts and discussion on issues related to deafness and sign language.


    • Social Stories™

      These were developed by Carol Gray, President of The Gray Center. A Social Story™ describes a situation, skill, or concept in terms of relevant social cues, perspectives, and common responses in a specifically defined style and format. The goal of a Social Story™ is to share accurate social information in a patient and reassuring manner that is easily understood by its audience. Half of all Social Stories™ developed should affirm something that an individual does well. Although the goal of a Story™ should never be to change the individual’s behavior, that individual’s improved understanding of events and expectations may lead to more effective responses.

    • Disability Studies Quarterly Website

      Visit the Disability Studies Quarterly Website and take a look at Volume 30, No 1, this issue is about autism and full of some great work by self advocates, including Amanda Baggs and Tito.

    • Paula Kluth

      This web site is dedicated to promoting inclusive schooling and exploring positive ways of supporting students with autism and other disabilities. Most of her work involves collaborating with schools to create environments, lessons, and experiences that are inclusive, respectful, and accessible for all learners.

    • Autism National Committee

      This is the only autism advocacy organization dedicated to “Social Justice for All Citizens with Autism” through a shared vision and a commitment to positive approaches. This organization was founded in 1990 to protect and advance the human rights and civil rights of all persons with autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and related differences of communication and behaviour. In the face of social policies of devaluation, which are expressed in the practices of segregation, medicalisation, and aversive conditioning, they assert that all individuals are created equal and endowed with certain inalienable rights, and that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

    • Finding Mike – Boy with Autism Wins 4th place at State Science Fair

      Have a look at this inspiring clip on YouTube.

    • Atlantic Magazine – Autism’s First Child

      As new cases of autism have exploded in recent years—some form of the condition affects about one in 110 children today—efforts have multiplied to understand and accommodate the condition in childhood. But children with autism will become adults with autism, some 500,000 of them in this decade alone. What then? Meet Donald Gray Triplett, 77, of Forest, Mississippi. He was the first person ever diagnosed with autism. And his long, happy, surprising life may hold some answers.

    Graphic Facilitation

    Resources for Inclusion and Training

    • Equality Link Consultancy

      This is a leading edge company specialising in disability equality and diversity training in the work place. They provide bespoke training, consultancy and auxiliary services to ensure that your service meets its legislative requirements and deliver service excellence at all levels.

    • Open Space Technology

      This is a very innovative process to planning and creativity with groups sized from 10 – 2000. We have successfully used the process with a diverse group of 140 in Scotland exploring the theme of ‘Increasing Inclusion’.

    • Inclusion Cards

      Check these great cards out, created by Mike Giangreco. Order direct from the States.

    • Webring

      In this web space you will find articles, web links, and resources that can be used to inspire positive change in schools and communities. We at Inclusive Solutions love this site!!

    • The Assistive Technology Boogie

      A musical and educational treat!! A brief but informative look at the role of technology in the lives of disabled people!

    • ‘Courage’ by Bob Blue

      You can get the words to ‘Courage’ Dianne’s song here, and you can listen to a cover by Steve Deasy. To buy a copy by Bob Blue click here.

    • DeepFun

      Humour has a really important role in change processes so check this out.

    • The Nth degree

      The Nth Degree web site and catalog is a place where people can come to find information, understanding and solidarity and to share talents, skills and stories. They have lots of “Awarewear” and “Awareware”: shirts and stuff for and from Disability Culture, the Inclusion and Independent Living Movements, and for the “Human Connection” we all share. And its fun!

    • The Art of Hosting

      The Art of Hosting and harvesting conversations that matter is a new practice of democracy that we really need in the world now. ” The Art of Hosting and Convening Conversations that matter is a powerful leadership practicum as well as a daily pattern and practice for many individuals, communities, families, businesses and organisations.

    • Meanwood Park Hospital

      In the 1920s and 30s Samuel Wormald rounded up more than 2,000 people in the Leeds area, school children, factory workers and mill girls found themselves being taken to Meanwood. Have a look at this website which takes a look at the history of segregation.

    Research and Publishers

    Useful Psychology

    • Counselling Directory – Connecting you with Support

      Search for a counsellor or psychotherapist near you. If you’re in need of support, search this network to be connected with a professional counsellor or psychotherapist.

    • Psycho-Economic Imperialism

      “The chemical colonization of young peoples minds for huge profit and social control” (DT 2013) Check out Dave Traxson’s Blog on the major problem of medicalisation and drug use with children. ‘Labelling a child as mentally ill is stigmatisation not diagnosis. Giving a child a psychiatric drug is poisoning not treatment.’– Dr Thomas Szasz – Professor of Psychiatry.

    • Yellow Kite – Attachment Support Service

      Recommended Reading

    • GCSE Revision Tips

      Useful link to sound sensible advice…

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