Sure, you’re all for inclusion, but where’s your mindset and what does mindset mean anyway?
An inclusive mindset is one that’s ready and open to challenge and change. To shifting your instinctive reactions forward to a ‘head’ that’s more inclusive of everyone of all abilities, and a thought process, or mindset, that’s about learning to respond differently to the changing needs of a child, teen, or adult, with and without disabilities.
Title: Changing Your Mindset: How to Include Everyone
So you want to build an inclusive community
Scratch that …
I meant to say build a community. Labels – we all use them. Labels are how we make sense of the world. How we think about people.
We label them according to
How do we break out of the box? We want to get to know the person! Well, first off, spend some time together.
Have a conversation about whatever…
What about a person with a diagnosis? What can you do to get past their label, their diagnosis?
At Shutaf Inclusion Programs, we don’t share each child’s diagnosis with our staff. We get to know each and every child, so that we can meet their needs.
Do this, and you’ll see their diagnosis doesn’t define them
What are their interests? What are their passions? What music do they like? What music do you like?
Aha! You’ve got something in common. So maybe their label, just isn’t that important.
Let those labels go! And start building your community.
That’s how we see inclusion!
Need more information? Click the link below in comments and download the Shutaf Stereotype Game™. It’s a great tool for changing your mindset. Contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
Shift Your Mindset Forward – 5 Quick Tips
How do you look at yourself and others?
- Work beyond your all-to-human tendency to stereotype or categorize people based on looks, dress or disability.
- Reevaluate your preconceived notions about people with disabilities
- Become more self-aware – of yourself, your reactions to others, and why.
- Be a problem-solver with a proactive mindset of “I can figure out how to meet this person’s needs.”
- Build awareness of your needs and your new understanding of the issues, and how to move your inclusion plans and your inclusive mindset forward.