“To increase the participation of children with disabilities and their families in all aspects of community life through capacity building, advocacy, and promoting best practices.”
WHAT IS ACT?
All Children Together (ACT) is The Children’s Trust’s Resource Network for the Special Needs of Children with Disabilities and their families. Its role is to work with The Children’s Trust and the organizations it funds to increase our community’s capacity to provide quality, inclusive programs to children with disabilities.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO BECOME AN ACT PARTNER?
Again this year, ACT will work closely with a group of
providers funded by The Children’s Trust to build capacity
to include children with disabilities, and/or to serve those
children needing more intense supports. If your agency
would like to explore working with us, please contact the ACT project at 305-596-1160 or email us at ACT@ccdh.org
IN THE BEGINNING . . .
In September of 2005, The Children's Trust selected CCDH to convene stakeholders to develop a Resource Network for the Special Needs of Children with Disabilities and their Families. Without a clear model of what a “resource network” should look like, we embarked on a year-long planning process involving input from hundreds of stakeholders including parents, providers serving both children with and without disabilities, teachers, university faculty, representatives from governmental and public institutions, members of our local business community, and others.
At year’s end, we had a community plan – a blueprint for our first year of implementation. Click here to read about the NEEDS ASSESSMENT and PLANNING that went into the development of the ACT Resource Network.
During its first year, the ACT project worked with more than 20 agencies to meet individualized goals for increasing their capacity to serve children with disabilities. Over 900 program staff members participated in various training opportunities, and with assistance from the project, 95 children with disabilities were included in after-school programs and summer camps.
Our YEAR 1 ANNUAL REPORT is rich with photos and stories about how inclusion really works. Click here to view our YEAR 1 ANNUAL REPORT.
To view the ACT BROCHURE, please Click here.