Friendships begin in early childhood, and high-quality inclusive child care practices can encourage young children (with and without disabilities) to form meaningful friendships with their peers. However, finding quality child care for young children with special health care needs and disabilities can be a challenge for families. Lack of training for child care providers is often cited as a primary reason for a center or program's refusal to enroll a child. The IHDD has been integrally involved for the past 30 years in the provision of demonstration, training and technical assistance projects related to inclusion.

Some areas where system changes are made possible to build bridges to inclusion are:

  • Georgia Quest for Inclusion State Leadership Team
  • Take a Look at Me / Mireme Strengthsbased Portfolio System
  • Children's Freedom Initiative
  • Giving Voice: Beyond the Gates of Central State Hospital
  • Family Support Navigator Teams
  • People First

Hopes and dreams are the basis for future sucess. Families need to have access to effective tools to explore, reflect upon, document, and share their child's strengths and abilities to help them develop and build for their futures. As a child matures, they need to know that there is a future for them including those with diverse abilities and challenges, in high quality inclusive settings.

Throughout the lifespan, there must be threads of hope for the future. The vision to create a meaningful neighborhood connection through creative experiences will build hope and fulfill dreams for inclusion.