Neurodiversity and Inclusion in New Jersey Schools
NJA4454: is a law that was put into place for the 21-22 school year that requires school districts to include instruction on diversity and inclusion as part of implementation of New Jersey Student Learning Standards. Though racial inequality was the impetus for the law, inclusion and equity for disabled children is also included. New Jersey has some of the lowest rates of inclusion in the country. Concurrently, the neurodiversity movement has gained a great deal of momentum over the last year. Neurodiversity advocates are asking for schools to change to meet their needs.
-examine our own biases when it comes to disability and the schools
-explain neurodiversity and what is means in the inclusion conversation
-develop a plan to support equity and inclusion of disabled students