Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-2016

Abstract

On October 7, 2015, 28 individuals representing 20 different U.S. states participated in a national, early childhood special education inclusion summit held in Atlanta, GA at DEC’s 31st Annual International Conference on Young Children with Disabilities and Their Families. Summit participants included researchers, faculty members, administrators, teachers, related services personnel, and families of children with special needs who have demonstrated leadership related to advancing preschool inclusion on the local, state, or national levels. The participants represented public and private programs and services. The summit format was a facilitated, focus group discussion in which participants shared their perceptions of the state of and future needs for leadership and action regarding preschool inclusion. This report summarizes the background and rationale, methods, and results.