F.8. Inclusion Policy

The UNOW staff and teachers recognize and respect the uniqueness of all persons and will build an inclusive classroom. Our ultimate goal is to help assist all children and families participate fully in our program, including children with identified disabilities, special learning and developmental needs and to comply with the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination and the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Anyone who believes the center is not in compliance with these laws may contact the Division on Civil Rights in New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety.  It is important for families to let us know if their child has an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP for children 0 to 3 years) or an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP for children 3 to 21 years) so that we can all work together to support the child in the least restrictive environment. With the written consent of the parent or legal guardian UNOW welcomes specialists to evaluate and work with children according to their IFSP or EIP.  With parent consent, UNOW will provide space and opportunity for these evaluations on site. UNOW will accommodate the child’s schedule if the child must leave for part of the day to receive services. If at any point it is understood that UNOW is not the least restrictive environment for the child, UNOW will work with families to help them find the appropriate setting for their child. 

Families with concerns about their child’s development at any point should share those concerns with their child’s teacher or program coordinator.  UNOW staff may provide a list of resources but will not make any referrals without written parental consent.  All information about your child’s development and family will be kept confidential.