Inclusion Initiative

What is Inclusion in Elmira?

The term inclusion captures, in one word, an all-embracing societal ideology. Regarding individuals with disabilities and special education, inclusion secures opportunities for students with disabilities to learn alongside their non-disabled peers in general education classrooms.

We are committed to making our schools a place of acceptance for everyone, every day. However, the inclusion revolution is not just occurring in educational settings. It is happening on sports fields, throughout communities and businesses across this country and around the globe. It is also not just for people with disabilities, it is a growing undertaking that it is about accepting and respecting all of our differences whether it is age, race/color, ethnicity or gender.

Elmira City Schools’ mission statement proclaims we are going to provide meaningful opportunities in a safe and engaging environment for all. This work towards becoming a more inclusive environment for all students and staff will allow us to see the potential and the unique strength in everyone. To achieve success we know that attitude is equally as important as ability.

Also as part of our inclusion initiative some of the secondary schools have or will be implementing the "I am Norm" program. "I am Norm" is an extracurricular group that aims to promote inclusion by bringing together kids of all different backgrounds. "I am Norm" started in January of 2010 when 20 youths, both with and without disabilities, met up in Washington, D.C. for a weekend. After working together and learning about their differences, the kids designed a campaign to effect change in the way youths are treated and the way they see each other: the "I am Norm" campaign. "I am Norm" is about accepting each other and celebrating our differences.

The inclusion initiative has been presented to the faculty and staff at all district buildings, for that information please see the link to the Inclusion Power point. This presentation was developed in 2017.