Creating and Sustaining Peer Networks

This is the seventh in our Inclusion Series.  This course is focused on facilitating authentic friendships for students with significant cognitive disabilities and complex access needs. The content in this training aligns with the information in Chapter 8 of the Cheryl M. Jorgensen book (2018), It’s More Than “Just Being In:” Creating Authentic Inclusion for Students with Complex Support Needs. 

The learning objectives for this training are:

  • To compare and contrast a traditional versus a new view of social relationships for students with complex access needs.
  • To show the interrelationships among several core elements of inclusive education and students’ social relationships.
  • To examine the barriers to social relationships that must be removed before friendships are possible.
  • To learn strategies for facilitating social relationships once barriers are removed.

As you move through the course, you will participate in many self-assessment assignments. You should provide high-quality responses that show you are engaging with and internalizing the content.


Special education teachers, paraprofessionals, general education teachers, administrators, speech language pathologists, related service providers
Inclusion, LIFE skills, Special Education
1 - Planning, T-TESS 2 - Instruction, T-TESS 3 - Learning Environment, T-TESS 4 - Professional Practices and Responsibilities, T-TESS 1.3 - Planning: Knowledge of Students, T-TESS 2.3 - Instruction: Communication, T-TESS 2.5 - Instruction: Monitor and Adjust, T-TESS 3.1 - Learning Environment: Classroom Environment Routines and Procedures, T-TESS 3.2 - Learning Environment: Managing Student Behavior, T-TESS 3.3 - Learning Environment: Classroom Culture, T-TESS 4.3 - Professional Practices and Responsibilities: Professional Development
Online Course, Self-directed

CPE Credits: 3.00  
Registration Closes: 8/15/2022 11:59 pm
Starts: 10/4/2021
Ends: 8/30/2022 11:59 pm