More than just inclusive classrooms, a societal attitude of respect and appreciation of diversity is extremely important for inclusion to be a reality. We do want children with Down syndrome included in regular classrooms, that is absolutely necessary. But it is also necessary to give them the skills to be successful in an inclusive setting. Developing social relationships and deep connections with peers requires mutual communication, so it is imperative that children with Down syndrome are given the best opportunity to develop their communication skills and confidence. The AIM Program offers an approach that nurtures independence and interdependence by providing opportunities that promote the development of personal empowerment and self-determination, essential for successful inclusion.
The AIM Program is an inclusive program. It provides the resources, adaptive tools and opportunities for students to work on their abilities to be successful in their class, community and at home.