PR4 - Awareness-raising Toolkit: Inclusion of children with intellectual disabilities in early childhood education and care

PR4 description:

Design, development, and piloting of a toolkit for ECEC settings with useful and effective resources for raising awareness of the importance of inclusion of children with intellectual disabilities in early childhood education and care (Result 3).
The tools developed within the Toolkit will be created for two different audiences: 1) children at pre-school age (both with and without intellectual disabilities), and 2) adults – parents of pre-school-aged children (with or without intellectual disabilities) and other community members.
These tools will seek to inform and educate these main audiences with the intention of influencing their attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs towards supporting inclusive ECEC environments for children with intellectual disabilities. This will lead to fostering community cultures that empathize with the challenges of intellectual disability, instead of attitudes of avoidance and intentional or unintentional exclusion. Recognizing the value and importance of attending early childhood education and care parents of children with intellectual disabilities will be more encouraged to enroll their children where they can achieve their full potential.