Inclusion Champions

Our work with Disabled People’s Organisations

What is the Inclusion Champions Network?

Inclusion Champions is a network of Disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) who work together for the right of disabled children and young people to be fully included in mainstream education.  We follow the principles of inclusive education, the social model of disability, independent living and equality legislation including the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Become an Inclusion Champion

Becoming an Inclusion Champion is easy – just contact our Inclusion Champions Coordinator. To become a member your organisation must be or aspire to be a disabled person led organisation.

Benefits of membership

  • Access to training and support around inclusive education
  • Support with bid writing and fundraising applications
  • Help with setting up networks of young disabled people
  • Help with enabling parents to set up peer support groups
  • Support with campaign strategy
  • Access to a range of toolkits on engaging young disabled people and schools/other education settings
  • Insightful meetings and networking opportunities with other members of the network

Our Inclusion Champions FAQ has more information about inclusive education and its relevance to what DPOs do on a daily basis.

Upcoming dates

“Enjoyable, inspiring, empowering.” “Very useful and practical.” “Excellent event.” (training feedback)

More dates will be announced shortly. See below for examples of recent training sessions, and please contact our Inclusion Champions Coordinator to be kept informed or to request “Knowledge is Power” training.

Fundamentals of working with families

For: CEOs, senior management staff, community development officers/frontline workers

  • What are the issues families face?
  • Where to find families
  • Recruiting and developing ally relationships

Engaging with schools and other education providers

For: CEOs, senior management staff, community development officers/frontline workers

  • Learn how to build relationships with schools
  • Learn how to address school assemblies and offer other support to schools (eg DET)
  • Learn about reasonable adjustment duties of schools and other education providers
  • Learn about inclusion strategies and policies for schools

“Knowledge is Power” train a trainer: working with young people

On request and at your DPO’s office. For: trustees, volunteers, community development workers/frontline workers

  • Learn how to use our Knowledge is Power Toolkit to run activities for young people
  • Train young people about Disability identity and history
  • Involve young people in your organisation

Contact our Inclusion Champions Coordinator for more details and to book.

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“Fundamentals of Working with Families” training session