advocating for inclusive communities


The term inclusion captures, in one word, an all-embracing societal ideology. Regarding individuals with disabilities and special education, inclusion secures opportunities for students with disabilities to learn alongside their non-disabled peers in general education classrooms. Honestly establishing a successful inclusive classroom varies in complexity, based upon the challenges created by the disability at hand. However a knowledgeable approach and positive attitudes on the parts of parents and teachers proves vital to triumphing over any obstacles which may emerge.



Early CHOICES is an Inclusion Initiative of the Illinois State Board of Education. We promote increasing high quality inclusive early care and education for each and every child birth to age 5. Our goal is to increase the number of children with disabilities receiving specialized services in regular early care and education settings.

National Catholic Partnership on Disability

NCPD promotes this ever-evolving mission to renovate and sustain ministry to-and-with all people with disabilities and their family through the following initiatives:

Leads and participates in trainings, workshops, and regional meetings
Topics include:

  • Meaningful participation in the Sacraments
  • Accessible Parishes
  • Catechetical Best Practices
  • Workshops for Seminarians

Gathers and Develops Resources

  • Revision of the USCCB Sacramental Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments of Persons with Disabilities
  • Pastoral Statement on Persons with Disabilities
  • Ministry specific resources (Autism, Deaf/hard of hearing, intellectual Disability, mental Illness, prenatal, veteran related)
  • Accessible design
  • Opening Doors
  • Large-print Roman Missal in three font sizes
  • Webinars
  • Diocesan Resources


The Arc of Illinois advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, families and community organizations to ensure that people with disabilities can live, work, learn, and play in communities across the state.

The Arc offers resources and information, supports families in their individual advocacy efforts and trains and educates people with disabilities, families and professionals among other things.


This organization advocates for people with disabilities to live in a community based settings instead of in institutions. Contact Bridget or Nancy for more information.