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We work with Pennsylvania’s education system from preschool through high school. All of our programs follow The Arc of Pennsylvania’s mission to work to include all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in every community.
The Include Me School Age project is designed to promote and expand inclusive practices for students with significant disabilities, grades K-12, and the schools they attend.  Likewise, the Preschool initiative seeks to work closely with the Bureau of Early Intervention Services (BEIS), families and local Early Childhood Education programs to promote inclusive opportunities for preschool-aged children with developmental disabilities and/or complex needs.



About Cheryl M. Jorgensen, Ph.D.
Dr. Jorgensen is an inclusive education consultant in private practice, after being a Project Director with the Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), and assistant research professor in UNH’s Education Department from 1985 until 2011. 

PaTTAN - The mission of the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network is to support the efforts and initiatives of the Bureau of Special Education, and to build the capacity of local educational agencies to serve students who receive special education services.

PEAC works to promote education that includes all children by providing individual technical assistance, advocacy, and supports to families; assisting institutions of higher education better prepare teachers to effectively teach all children; and influencing and supporting schools, policymakers, and the community to effectively implement inclusive practices and policies. We are a partnership of parents, educators, related professionals and others who believe that children of all backgrounds and abilities should be successfully educated together in their neighborhood schools within the general education curriculum.


The list of books below do not link to the book or website.

This website is dedicated to promoting inclusive schooling and exploring positive ways of supporting students with autism and other disabilities.

Dr. Richard A. Villa has worked with thousands of teachers and administrators throughout North America and the world, to develop and implement organizational and instructional support systems for educating all students within general education settings.

CAST is a nonprofit research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning.

Information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disability Act.

TASH is an international leader in disability advocacy. Founded in 1975, TASH advocates for human rights and inclusion for people with significant disabilities and support needs – those most vulnerable to segregation, abuse, neglect and institutionalization. TASH works to advance inclusive communities through advocacy, research, professional development, policy, and information and resources for parents, families and self-advocates. The inclusive practices TASH validates through research have been shown to improve outcomes for all people.

The mission of Disability is Natural is to encourage New Ways of Thinking about developmental disabilities, in the BELIEF that our ATTITUDES DRIVE OUR ACTIONS,

and changes in our attitudes and actions can help create a society where all children and adults with developmental disabilities have opportunities to Live the Lives of Their Dreams, included in all areas of life.

Mission Statement - "To promote inclusive communities where all people belong"

The Goals of Kids Together, Inc. include a desire to remove barriers that exclude people with disabilities. We support the belief that children with disabilities, like all children, have the need to be welcomed, cherished and embraced in our communities.

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SPEAC does not recommend or endorse the agencies or resources listed on the site. This is an informational site only. We encourage users to carefully review and evaluate all services and decide what is best to meet the needs of their families.


  • Elementary Level Students:
    • Inclusion Strategies for Learners with Severe Disabilities
      By Susan Severson and Kevin Anderson (1995)

    • Practical Strategies for Mathematics Instruction
      By Gail Bornfield (1998)

    • Practical Strategies for Reading Instruction
      By Gail Bornfield (1996)

    • Practical Strategies for Written Language Instruction
      By Gail Bornfield (1996)

    • Adapting Reading and Math Materials for the Inclusive Classroom
      By Jeanne Shay Schumm.

    • Inclusive Elementary Schools: Recipes for Success
      By Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, Caren Sax.

    • How to Reach & Teach All Students in the Inclusive Classroom: Ready-To-Use Strategies, Lessons and Activities for Teaching Students With Diverse Learning Needs
      By Sandra F. Rief, Julie A. Heimburge

  • Middle School & High School Level Students
    • Modifying Curriculum for the Special Needs Student in the Regular Classroom
      By Lynne Chalmers

    • Adapting Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science Materials for the Inclusive Classroom
      By Jean B. Schumaker, B. Keith Lenz.

    • Effective Teaching Strategies That Accommodate Diverse Learners
      By Edward J. Kameenui

    • Modifying Schoolwork: Teachers' Guides to Inclusive Practices
      By Rachel Janney.

    • Adapting Curriculum and Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms
      An Indiana University Educational Services Production.

    • Reach Them All: Adapting Curriculum & Instruction with Technology in Inclusive Classrooms
      Indiana Institute on Disability and Community

    • How to Adapt Text for Struggling Readers
      By Norma Dyck, Ed.D

    • Curriculum Adaptations for Students with Learning and Behavior Problems, Principles and Practices
      By John J. Hoover, James R. Patton.

    • Teaching Students with Mental Retardation: Providing Access to the General Curriculum
      By Michael L. Wehmeyer, Deanna J. Sands, H. Earle Knowlton.

    • Teaching Kids With Learning Difficulties in the Regular Classroom: Strategies and Techniques Every Teacher Can Use to Challenge and Motivate Struggling Students
      By Susan Winebrenner, Pamela Espeland. 1996)

  • General Inclusion
    • Inclusion: 450 Strategies for Success: A Practical Guide for All Educators Who Teach Students With Disabilities
      By Peggy A. Hammeken.

    • Including Students with Special Needs: A Practical Guide for Classroom Teachers
      By Marilyn Penovich Friend, William D. Bursuck.

    • Including Students With Severe and Multiple Disabilities in Typical Classrooms: Practical Strategies for Teachers
      By June E. Downing, Joanne Eichinger (Contributor), Maryann Demchak

    • Widening The Circle: The Power of Inclusive Classrooms
      By Mara Sapon-Shevin

    • Inclusive Teaching: Creating Effective Schools for All Learners
      By J. Michael Peterson

    • Access to Academics for All Students: Critical Approaches to Inclusive Classrooms, Instruction, and Policy
      By Paula Kluth

    • Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age: Universal Design for Learning
      By David H. Rose, Anne Meyer 

    • Assessing and Grading in the Differentiated Classroom
      By Rick Wormeli

    • Modifying Schoolwork (Teachers Guides to Inclusive Practices) (Paperback)
      By Rachel JanneyMartha E. Snell

    • Quick Guides to Inclusion 3: Ideas for Educating Students with Disabilities
      By Michael Giangreco and Karen Erickson


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