To enhance inclusive practices for students with disabilities in Virginia public schools and to assist in meeting the goals of Virginia’s Statewide Inclusion Action Plan, the K-12 Inclusive Practices Guide was developed. It is an informational resource to support school divisions and parents looking to improve outcomes for students with disabilities by meeting their needs to the maximum extent possible in general education settings. Each section of the guide provides user-friendly information and resources based on guiding principles related to inclusive practices in the K-12 school setting. In addition, there is a supplement to this guide that addresses inclusive practices in early childhood preschool programs called Virginia Early Childhood Inclusion Guidance Document. Both guides offer an overview of best practices for educating children and youth with disabilities in more inclusive educational settings. These guides should be used in conjunction with the Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities in Virginia, as well as other VDOE’s special education guidance documents and resources.

Author Virginia Department of Education Department of Special Education and Student Services, Office of Special Education Instruction