New Guidelines Help Afterschool Math Programs Include Youth With Disabilities

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New Guidelines help afterschool math programs include youth with disabilities.

Washington, D.C., March 26, 2009—AED has published a set of guidelines to help afterschool math programs effectively benefit youth with and without disabilities.

“Fostering Inclusion Through Afterschool Math” includes a checklist of best practices, classroom management tips for inclusion, and a discussion of the importance of math for youth with disabilities.

“Math is the ideal vehicle for inclusion,” said Merle Froschl, co-director of the Educational Equity Center at AED, which developed the new guidelines. “It allows for multiple modes of teaching and learning, is part of every child’s life, welcomes ‘thinking out of the box,’ and encourages collaboration.”

The new guidelines are based on the lessons learned from the successful Afterschool Inclusive Math program, or AIM, which provides all young people the opportunity to work together on real-world, inquiry-based math.

Funded by grants from the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation and the NEC Foundation of America, AIM is a standards-based program that helps students find the math in everyday experiences.

“Young people with disabilities are widely underserved and undereducated in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), beginning at the earliest level of education,” said Barbara Sprung, co-director of the Educational Equity Center at AED. She noted that success in math is critical for a STEM career and that only 5.5 percent of employed scientists and engineers are individuals with disabilities.

The guidelines are available free of charge at www.edequity.org.

ABOUT EEC: The Educational Equity Center at AED is an outgrowth of Educational Equity Concepts, a national, nonprofit organization with a 22-year history of addressing educational excellence for all children regardless of gender, race/ethnicity, disability and level of family income.

ABOUT AED: AED is a nonprofit organization that works globally to improve education, health, civil society and economic development—the foundation of thriving societies. Focusing on the underserved, AED implements more than 250 programs serving people in all 50 U.S. states and more than 150 countries (www.aed.org).