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Developing the Civic Engagement of Students with Disabilities: Inclusive Civic Action Projects

Published on Sun, 07/07/2024

Book cover: Creating an Inclusive Social Studies Classroom for Exceptional Learners - edited by Darren Minarik and Timothy Lintner

Leah M. Bueso, University of Illinois Springfield, and Rich Cairn, Emerging America published a groundbreaking foundation and guide to organizing student-led civic engagement projects that are fully accessible to and inclusive of students with disabilities and all learners. The chapter entitled Developing the Civic Engagement of Students with Disabilities: Inclusive Civic Action Projects examines the research on civic engagement and students with disabilities and then lays out details for planning and carrying out truly inclusive projects to make a difference in the community and nation. 

The chapter appears in the latest powerful volume, Creating an Inclusive Social Studies Classroom for Exceptional Learners, by the leaders in inclusive social studies education, Tim Lintner, University of South Carolina Aiken, and Darren Minarik, Radford University. Other chapters in the book explore a model for inclusive education, explain what is required to create an inclusive classroom, and drill down to examine details of inclusive instruction. 

Further information from the publisher of Creating an Inclusive Social Studies Classroom for Exceptional Learners


See the detailed lesson plan: Lesson 4: Inclusive Civics Project - Disability Rights in Reform to Equal Rights: K-12 Disability History Curriculum. 

See also Leah Bueso's 2022 Emerging America guest blog post: Defining Civic Equity for Students with Disabilities

Citation: Bueso, L.M, & Cairn, RDW. (2024). (Developing the civic engagement of students with disabilities: Inclusive civic action projects). In D. Minarik and T. Lintner (Eds.), Creating and inclusive social studies classroom for exceptional learners (pp. 71-96). Information Age.

Rich Cairn

Civics and Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction Specialist, Collaborative for Educational Services
Rich Cairn founded Emerging America in 2006, which features the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program at the Collaborative for Educational Services, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History program, "Forge of Innovation: The Springfield Armory and the Genesis of American Industry." The Accessing Inquiry clearinghouse, supported by the Library of Congress TPS program promotes full inclusion of students with disabilities and English Learners in civics and social studies education.