Through FIRST® programs, many students find a place they belong, a place they can be themselves and a place where they are supported. One of our Core Values is inclusion, and youth with disabilities and/or receiving special education are among the vulnerable youth populations we serve through prioritized initiatives, grants, and other resources.
As part of our commitment to creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community for all our participants, we have partnered with leading organizations to create complimentary trainings on how you can inspire the youth voice, create a sense of belonging, and more. In collaboration with KIT (Kids Included Together), FIRST offers a variety of webinar trainings for coaches and mentors to develop a better understanding of some of the challenges youth with disabilities face, and how to create a more welcoming and comfortable environment for everyone on their FIRST teams. Please find several resources related to disability inclusion below:
I Can Be Inclusive Too e-Course: These interactive Inclusion tools will help you feel confident in understanding inclusion, creating accommodations, supporting and responding positively to behavior challenges and creating supportive environments.
- ADA Basics
- Power of Language
- Connecting for Inclusion Pt. 1
- Connecting for Inclusion Pt. 2
- Supportive Responses
- Inclusive Recruitment and Enrollment Strategies Webinar
- Creating a Sense of Belonging – For youth with autism spectrum disorder
For more information and information on disability inclusion, please visit the FIRST Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Trainings and Resources webpage.