A teacher in a classroom in Armenia assists a student. The students are about 9 years old and are wearing school uniforms.

The Global Resource Center for Inclusive Education (GRC), housed at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration, works toward systemic improvement of educational programs, practices, and policies that affect children youth and adults with disabilities and their families around the world. Our mission is to provide sustainable and culturally-responsive approaches and strategies and contribute to the knowledge base of inclusive and special education worldwide. Our areas of expertise include Universal Design for Learning, Response to Intervention, teacher collaboration, data-based decision making, Curriculum-Based Measurement, self-determination, Inclusive Service Learning, transition from school to community living and employment, and more. We have collaborated with researchers, policy makers, educators, families and people with disabilities in the U.S.; Western, Central and Eastern Europe; East and South Asia, and Central America.

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A village meeting of autism acceptance advocates and community health workers in rural Rwanda in July 2023.

Feature Story | September 2023

Identifying Autism in Rwanda

This summer, ICI trained community health workers in Rwanda on identifying the signs of autism in children and on principles for addressing the needs of people with disabilities in rural communities. ICI’s MacDonald Metzger partnered with Autisme Rwanda on the four-day session. Read more about identifying autism in Rwanda.

People involved in establishing the disability studies certificate program at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana: Godwin Awabil (upper left), Sefakor Komabu-Pomeyie (lower left), Winnie Looby (upper right), and ICI's Macdonald Metzger (lower right).

Feature Story | August 2023

In Ghana, Learning to End Stigma

The first disability studies certificate program in West Africa began in August at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana to train disability services professionals in a region where there is still stigma towards people with disabilities. The organizations collaborating with ICI on the certificate program and other initiatives put people with disabilities at the forefront of their own lives. Read more about ending stigma in Ghana.