iBelong - A disability awareness curriculum for grade school students
iBelong is a Common Core-aligned curriculum designed to provide elementary students a general overview of a variety of specific disabilities as well as to aid progression in social emotional learning and promote general inclusion for all into both the classroom and the community at large. Lessons start in kindergarten and build each year with deeper understanding and details through 5th grade.
The iBelong program includes 10 lessons for kindergarten through 5th grade designed to be taught during a 30-minute instructional period. Each lesson engages students in active, multimodal learning, using media, games, books, hands-on activities, class discussion, and group/teamwork.
iBelong lessons present all material at an age-appropriate level, building from year-to-year on previous knowledge. American Sign Language is incorporated into each unit.
During the Fall of 2017, the following outcomes were reported:
100% of classrooms reported an increase in awareness of individuals with disabilities;
75% of classrooms reported an increase in acceptance of individuals with disabilities;
75% of classrooms reported an increase in comfort in discussing disability related issues or own experiences;
50% of teachers reported a decrease in bullying in their classroom as a result of iBelong.
Meet State & Federal Regulations
Because iBelong has an emphasis on individuals with disabilities, an estimated 20% of the population, it can be implemented to satisfy anti-bullying, character, and disability history & awareness as well as, state and federal programming requirements.