All Children Together

Definition and Vision for the Inclusion of Children with Special Needs

San Mateo County Child Care Planning Council – San Mateo County Office of Education and the County of San Mateo

Inclusion means the full and active participation of children with disabilities or other special needs in community activities, services, and programs designed for typically developing children. In early care and education settings, children of varying abilities, including those with identified or suspected disabilities are supported to reach their full potential with their same-age peers. Support, accommodations, or modifications are provided when needed to ensure the child’s full and active participation. Access, participation, and supports are the defining features of inclusive early childhood programs and services. The desired results of inclusion include high quality learning opportunities, positive social relationships and an authentic sense of belonging for the child and family.

Invitation/Introduction to the Pledge of Respect for Children with Special Needs

Please join the San Mateo Child Care Partnership Council (CCPC), San Mateo Co. Office of Education and the County of San Mateo, in promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities in our community through the use of respectful language for people with special needs and disabilities.

The CCPC takes the lead in planning and advocating for quality care and early education for all children birth to fourteen in San Mateo County and supports the integration of children with special needs into early care and education programs. The CCPC believes in equity, acceptance and respect for all children.

Therefore, the CCPC has adopted a Definition and Vision for Inclusion of Children with Special Needs and is promoting the use of People First Language.Using People First Language places the person ahead of his/her label or disability. It is the first step towards promoting positive perceptions and attitudes about people with disabilities. If you believe in using respectful language, then we invite you to publicly adopt the Pledge of Respect for children with special needs and add your voice to ours.

We need your help to promote inclusion of children with special needs and Disabilities through the use of Person First Language. You can help by:

  1. Making an online Pledge of Respect for Children with Special Needs.
  2. Asking your agency to adopt People First Language and sign the Pledge of Respect as an organization.
  3. Paste the link to the pledge into your website to help spread the word!
  4. Informing other individuals about People First Language and them to sign the pledge. Download, print & display your pledge to share with others!
  5. View the individuals and organizations who have signed the Pledge of Respect here!