Inclusive Student Opportunities and Resources

This website is for NYC students with and without disabilities who are interested in building inclusive school communities. The opportunities and resources below can support students with thinking and talking about inclusion, using inclusive practices and creating inclusive projects, deepening their understanding and commitment to inclusion, and connecting with other NYC students on this important topic. 

Join our distribution list and receive emails about the opportunities below by emailing InclusionSummit@schools.nyc.gov

Inclusion Summit 

The Inclusive Education Student Summit is an annual event that brings together students with and without disabilities to learn about inclusion and the importance of students with disabilities being a part of our school communities. Students participate in conversations and activities around accessibility, diversity, and inclusion and return to their schools as advocates. 

The Summit is held in the fall and offers in-person and virtual participation. Themes and topics often align to National Inclusive Schools Week. The event is hosted by the DOE and Parents for Inclusive Education (PIE). 

Email InclusionSummit@schools.nyc.gov for details and registration information. 

Inclusion Expo 

The Inclusive Education Student Expo is an annual event where students with and without disabilities can showcase their inclusive stories, ideas, and work. Past events have included an open mic, a project fair, and talking circles where students have the opportunity to share their reflections and experiences regarding inclusion. 

The Expo is held in the spring and offers in-person and virtual participation. It often highlights work that started at the Inclusion Summit in the fall. The event is also hosted by the DOE and PIE. 

Email InclusionSummit@schools.nyc.gov for details and registration information. 

Inclusion Talking Circles 

Inclusion Talking Circles are ongoing, virtual, and available upon request. Talking circles offer small spaces for students with and without disabilities to discuss the diversity, equity, and inclusion of people with disabilities in our schools and communities. 

You can host your own talking circle at your school using these norms and prompts, or you can ask us to facilitate. Email InclusionSummit@schools.nyc.gov to coordinate. If you host your own, please let us know how it goes! 

Disability Pride Visual Arts Contest 

Students can submit visual art each spring to participate in the annual Disability Pride Visual Arts Contest. The contest celebrates the challenges and achievements of people with disabilities in their struggle for equity and equal access, opportunity, and inclusion. People with disabilities are proud of their identity and their accomplishments that resulted in the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 

The 10 finalists and one grand finalist will be invited to an event in the spring and have their artwork showcased. Recognizing that art is an invaluable means of expression and communication, teachers and families are encouraged to have meaningful conversations in their classrooms and homes around disability pride and history as they participate in the contest. Email CelebratingDisability@schools.nyc.gov and see the website for more information. 

Inclusion Advisory Committee 

Students and staff with and without disabilities interested in inclusion, disability rights, leadership, and current events can join the Inclusion Advisory Committee (IAC).

The IAC discusses current issues around disability and inclusion in our schools and communities, helps to plan meaningful conversations and opportunities for other students, and acts as leaders and role models for inclusion. The IAC helps to guide the thinking and planning for the inclusion events listed above. 

The IAC meets virtually a few times a year, usually before and after inclusion events. Email InclusionSummit@schools.nyc.gov if you’re interested in joining. 

Inclusion Resources 

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