Are you a New York City public school student who has worked to make your community and school environment more inclusive?

Are you a City student who would like to learn how to help create welcoming and diverse school and community environments for all students, including those with disabilities?

Or, as a City student, would you simply like to learn more about what “inclusion” is?

If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, then consider attending the DOE’s Sixth Annual Inclusive Education Student Summit!

Sixth Annual Inclusive Education Student Summit
December 2, 2016 – 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
The Graduate Center, CUNY
Concourse Level
365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016

The Summit brings together students of all grade levels (elementary, middle, and high school) from across the City to discuss, share, and celebrate inclusive practices for students with disabilities. This year’s Summit will help kick off Inclusive Schools Week (December 5–9) here in New York City, and the theme this year is Champions of Inclusion.

Whether or not your school has successfully built a welcoming learning environment for all students, you and your school will surely benefit from this day of learning and activism. Students who attend the Summit will have the opportunity to:

  • Share ideas about being “champions of inclusion,” and learn about other schools’ projects and initiatives that support inclusion;
  • Participate in games and activities with other students that help show what inclusion looks like;
  • Learn about the history and importance of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA);
  • Hear from guest speakers and performers; and
  • Have fun doing this and shouting at the top of your lungs, “I’M A CHAMPION OF INCLUSION!!!” (Totally optional)

To register for the Summit, speak with your principal and ask him/her to register you as one of your school’s official Inclusion Ambassadors. If your principal is not familiar with the Summit, then help him/her out by sharing this website and telling him/her to register your school right here.

But remember this: registrations must be made by Monday, October 31!

For more information about the Summit and registration, please email, and check out videos from last year’s Summit to see what other students have done!

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