CHIP International Autisme Spectrum Disorders and Special Needs children
Photo by CHIP International
SWIFT's co-director Dr. Amy McCart recently returned from Ghana, where she led six workshops on equity and inclusion strategies for children with special needs at the University of Cape Coast, School of Medical Sciences’ Autism Training Workshop on Inclusion. Her visit was at the invitation of Child Health Improvement Program (CHIP) International , a U.S. accredited 501(c)3 organization that aims to raise the awareness of autism and other developmental disorders and to train professionals and parents to manage children with autism and special needs, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.

McCart introduced several hundred professionals to SWIFT’s framework and tools that use equity as a basis for multi-tiered systems of support and inclusion of all students. Pictured below is the auditorium, showing attendees filing in for a session on SWIFT's MTSS Starter Kit. She originally created this set of forms and processes during a successful schoolwide transformation, which was documented in her dissertation. She could not have guessed back then that today these tools would serve as an entry point for thousands of schools around the world to create their own transformations to welcome and support all students in their communities.
photo of an auditorium with people coming in and in the foreground a table with the speaker's water bottle and a SWIFT Starter Kit document
SWIFT MTSS Starter Kit is a free, downloadable resource available on SWIFT Shelf , under district/school resources, and on SWIFT Guide for i nclusive academic instruction and inclusive behavior instruction — including fillable forms for each part: a resource inventory, a tiered intervention matrix, a master schedule, and an intervention planning tool.

Photo by A. McCart
If you want to hear more about Dr. McCart's experiences, listen to her SWIFT Unscripted podcast " Supporting Schoolwide Transformation." SWIFT Unscripted is a podcast featuring guests from among the SWIFT community. A transcript link for each SWIFT Unscripted podcast is available at the end of its description. You can listen on SoundCloud or iTunes , or visit the SWIFT Unscripted page to download the podcast to your computer. 
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