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 4).
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),
  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.

Within the “Awareness-raising TOOLKIT”, you can find different promotional materials that can be utilized for learning-purposes, engagement and discussion-raising within the classroom or home setting.

Specifically, the toolkit is divided into 3 chapters:

  1. Chapter 1: Dissemination Strategies
  2. Chapter 2: Children with and without Intellectual Disabilities
  3. Chapter 3: Adults and parents of pre-school aged children

Below, you may find the various materials that have been developed:

CHAPTER 1: DISSEMINATION STRATEGIES

Dissemination Strategies for the ToolKit

You can download and use the factsheets of the project

CHAPTER 2: CHILDREN WITH AND WITHOUT INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES

1. “Sharing is caring” – promoting sharing and turn-taking skills

  • What is sharing and why is it important
  • Learning to take turns in games and activities
  • Understanding feelings of others when sharing

Download the Poster #1 here  

For the translated versions:

2. How to make your classroom or school more inclusive

  • Promoting diversity and inclusion through classroom materials and activities
  • Encouraging positive behavior and communication
  • Addressing the needs of all learners

Download the Poster #2 here 

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3. Games and activities that promote inclusion and understanding of disabilities

  • Sensory activities that promote understanding of disabilities
  • Games that promote teamwork and empathy
  • Art activities that promote inclusivity and diversity

Download the Poster #3 here 

For the translated versions:

BROCHURES

1. EMBRACE Differences: Learn about Intellectual Disabilities

  • Books and activities to introduce young children to disabilities and foster empathy and understanding
  • Tips for parents and caregivers on how to support children with disabilities in the classroom and at home
  • Understanding and embracing differences: Teaching children about diversity and inclusion through disability awareness.

Download the Brochure #1 here 

For the translated versions:

2. Celebrate Diversity: EMBRACE our beautiful differences

  • Cultivating empathy and kindness in children through multicultural literature and media
  • Fun and engaging activities for children to learn about different cultures, traditions, and perspectives
  • Tips for parents and caregivers on how to talk to children about race, ethnicity, and diversity in age-appropriate ways.

Download the Brochure #2   here

For the translated versions:

3. Making our World Accessible: Creating an Inclusive Place for Everyone

  • Exploring the different types of accessibility needs and how we can make spaces more inclusive for all
  • Fun and interactive ways for children to learn about accessible design and engineering
  • Inspiring stories of people with disabilities who have overcome barriers and made a positive impact on the world.

Download the Brochure #3 here

For the translated versions:

EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS 

You can find all the videos in partner languages (English, Polish, Greek, Macedonian) on the EMBRACE YouTube channel. 

Celebrating diversity in our garden of friendship

English version

Embracing Differences: Including Friends with Intellectual Disabilities in Kindergarten

English version

Polish version

Greek version

Macedonian version

Polish version

Greek version

Macedonian version

CHAPTER 3: ADULTS AND PARENTS OF PRE-SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN

POSTERS

1. Strategies for adapting activities to include children with intellectual disabilities

  • Understanding different types of intellectual disabilities and how they may impact a child’s ability to participate in activities
  • Adapting sports, games, and other recreational activities to make them accessible and enjoyable for children with intellectual disabilities
  • Tips for parents, caregivers, and educators on how to create inclusive environments that support the needs of children with intellectual disabilities.

Download the Poster #1 here

 

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2. Tips for creating an inclusive environment, including accessibility and sensory considerations

  • Universal design for learning: Adapting teaching methods and materials to meet the needs of all learners, including those with disabilities
  • Strategies for making classrooms and learning spaces more accessible and accommodating for students with sensory disabilities
  • Tips for creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for students with disabilities, including physical, sensory, and intellectual disabilities.

Download the Poster #2 here 

 

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3. The role of peer support and mentorship in promoting inclusion

  • Creating peer support programs for students with disabilities to foster social connections and build self-esteem
  • The benefits of mentorship for students with disabilities, including academic, social, and emotional support
  • Strategies for promoting inclusive leadership and mentorship opportunities for students with disabilities in extracurricular activities and community organizations

Download the Poster #3 here 

 

 

For the translated versions:

BROCHURES

1. Assistive technologies that help people with disabilities

  • Overview of different types of assistive technologies, including those for physical, sensory, and cognitive disabilities
  • Practical examples of how assistive technologies can improve accessibility and support independence for individuals with disabilities
  • Strategies for selecting and implementing assistive technologies in education, employment, and daily living contexts.

Download the Brochure #1 here

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2. How to promote empathy for children and respect towards others who have disabilities

  • Tips for promoting empathy and respect towards individuals with disabilities through classroom activities and discussions
  • Strategies for addressing bullying and discrimination against individuals with disabilities in schools and communities
  • The role of disability awareness and education in promoting empathy, respect, and inclusion for individuals with disabilities.

Download the Brochure #2 here

3. Advocating for inclusive policies and practices in schools and other community settings

  • Advocating for disability rights and accommodations in schools and other community settings
  • Strategies for building coalitions and collaborating with stakeholders to promote inclusive policies and practices
  • The importance of data-driven advocacy and policy development to support individuals with disabilities and their families

Download the Brochure #3 here

EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS 

You can find all the videos in partner languages (English, Polish, Greek, Macedonian) on the EMBRACE YouTube channel. 

Promoting empathy towards children with intellectual

English version

The idea of inclusive education

English version

Polish version

Greek version

Macedonian version

Polish version

Greek version

Macedonian version

DOWNLOAD HERE THE AWARENESS-CAMPAIGN TOOLKIT!

Check the awareness-raising ToolKit with useful and effective resources for the importance of inclusion of children with intellectual disabilities in early childhood education and care.

Piloting

During the implementation phase of the PR4, a piloting phase was conducted in all partner organisations in Poland, Cyprus, Greece, North Macedonia, and Belgium. 

You can read here the pilot overview.

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