Who We Are
Roots of Inclusion is a non-profit advocacy organization focused on children and youth with disabilities and their families. We are working at the intersections of systems to promote compassion, belonging and school and life success.
We all play a role in building an inclusive community
How We Do Our Work
We provide information and resources relevant to parents, families and the community related to education, policy and programs.
Supporting Inclusion Initiatives
We are invested in state and local projects that support inclusive efforts both in education and in the community with a commitment to adaptive community leadership.
We examine systems impacting children with disabilities and their families, we identify the systemic barriers to inclusive education and community access and work to inform local and state policy work to address removing those barriers to access.
We will listen, we will examine, and we will act.
Black Lives Matter. We at Roots of Inclusion stand and act in solidarity to end systemic and institutionalized racism and to work for social justice. We know that centering anti-racism is the only way to address the inequity and injustice that pervades our systems and ensure every person exists and thrives within the circle of human concern.
What we are reading
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Beyond Behaviors by Dr. Mona Delahooke
Dare to Lead by Brene' Brown
If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face by Alan Alda
What we are watching
LISTEN Movie. CommunicationFIRST, a non-profit organized to protect the civil rights of people who are unable to rely on speech alone to communicate, decided to produce a self-funded short in response to MUSIC US by the musician Sia. The short is by and with real nonspeaking autistic people, and to launch it on February 12, 2021, the MUSIC US release date.
HEARTS OF GLASS. This documentary tells the story of how an innovative farm provides meaningful employment for people with developmental disabilities. Check here for when it is playing in your area.
CRIP CAMP. A DISABILITY REVOLUTION is a 2020 American documentary film that was directed and produced by Nicole Newnham and James LeBrecht. The film tells the story of teens with disabilities who met at Camp Jened and what followed.
At this time of uncertainty while schools are closed and we are necessarily more isolated
socially to address COVID-19, we are committed to providing our community with resources.
We know that this pandemic is disproportionately impacting members of our community. We will endeavor to share relevant information with a commitment to addressing inequities.
Get up to date information about the COVID-19 and Vaccinations
at the Washington State Department of Health website.
INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
OUR WORK IN THE COMMUNITY
Learn about the
SEL for Washington Project
Learn about the
Investing in the Student Potential Coalition
Your Questions Answered
Ask your Special Education Questions and get answers from experts + FAQ's
The One in Five Project: Disability and History Pride Project
Find information on the Office of the Education Ombuds (OEO) Website
Read the Call to Action related to the Washington State Legislative Session
RESOURCES FOR YOU
OSPI Question & Answer (July 2020)
OSPI Guidance for Special Education
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA)
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Coronavirus Accommodations Spreadsheet
Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety
United States Department of Education - March 21, 2020
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction