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.
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