In-clu-sion (in-kloo-zhun), n – an attitude and approach that seeks to ensure that every person, regardless of ability or background, can meaningfully participate in all aspects of life.
– Paths To Inclusion
Girl Scouts of Colorado, in conjunction with GSUSA, has made a commitment to foster the inclusion of girls with disabilities in the Girl Scout movement.
Inclusion is a philosophy and a belief that individuals with disabilities have a right to belong and participate meaningfully and actively alongside their peers in everyday life. Inclusion practices have proven to be advantageous for everyone. It is a value that we must all advocate for and share. Inclusion is an open pathway to build girls of courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place. Please use the resources on this page to help you get started on the journey toward inclusion within your troop.
Learn more about the Include All Girls patch program by clicking the link at right.
Tips for leaders
|People with disabilities||The handicapped or disabled|
|Bob has autism||He’s autistic|
|Pat has a cognitive disability||She’s mentally retarded|
|Al has Down syndrome||He’s Down’s; a Down’s person|
|Carla’s of short stature||She’s a midget|
|Bryon has a mental health diagnosis||He’s emotionally disturbed/mentally ill|
|Sandy uses a wheelchair/mobility chair||She’s confined to a wheelchair|
|Doug receives Special Education services||He’s in special ed|
|Children without disabilities/typically||Normal or healthy children developing|
|Sara communicates with her eyes/device||She is non-verbal|
|Beth has a brain injury||She is brain damaged|
|Accessible parking, hotel room, etc||Handicapped parking, hotel room etc.|
Different & Alike - by Nancy P. McConnell
Kids Explore the Gifts of Children with Special Needs - By Westridge Young Writers Workshop, ISBN 1-56261-156-9
Basic Manuals for Friends of the Disabled - By Hannah Carlson, M.Ed, C.R.C.
Special needs/disabilities series, Set of 6
"Inclusion is much more than a place to go. It is a value to be lived."
- Jennifer York