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*This event is open to the public*

This is an online event. Registered participants will receive an e-mail from Zoom with instructions on how to join the workshop. No cost to participants but registration is required.


Description:  Over the past two decades, the need for inclusion and equity for students with disabilities in the school setting has become increasingly visible. While much attention has been placed on physical and curriculum adaptations to support the needs of all learners, little emphasis has been placed on social inclusion –a key pillar for every aspect of a child’s development. This pillar is the heart of social/emotional learning, the foundation for the development of critical life skills, and delivers lessons in compassion and empathy in students without disabilities that last a lifetime. This webinar will walk participants through the process of developing a social inclusion mindset that extends out to every member of the school community: educators, para-educators, parents, and students.


Instructional Level: Introductory, Intermediate


PresenterMarnie Norris, B.A., is Senior Vice President of Programs, Inclusion Matters by Shane’s Inspiration. She trains educators, community members, and recreation and other professionals on social inclusion best practices. Click to read presenter’s full bio.


Learning objectives: This interactive session is designed to help participants:

1.  Define social inclusion as a community.

2.  Analyze the impact of exclusion on students with developmental disabilities and families.

3.  Identify barriers to inclusion in your school community.

4. Develop a social inclusion plan that creates true equity for all students.


Target Populations:

  • Organizational leaders
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Counselors
  • Educators
  • Parents and caregivers
  • Nurses
  • Clinical and medical staff
  • Community living providers
  • Direct support professionals and other community service providers
  • Speech / Physical / Occupational therapists
  • Students/trainees


Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute reserves the right to cancel any of its workshops due to unforeseen circumstances. Should you have any questions, call 443-923-5555.

For more information on our trainings or to request accommodation or assistance for individuals with disabilities, please contact us by phone at 443-923-9555, email  or visit Requests should be made as soon as possible but at least seven days prior to the scheduled meeting.

Register via Zoom.