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 street scene in Congo. A man speaks into a microphone while a woman with a video camera films him. A few local people have gathered to watch. Passersby on a motorcycle glance over at the gathering.

Feature Story | February 2023

Awareness Raised in Congo

Wrapping up work on a U.S. State Department grant to combat human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a team led by the Institute on Community Integration recorded an uptick in positive attitudes toward disability in a random survey of 1,000 people in the DRC’s fifth-largest urban area. Read more about improving disability awareness in Congo.

Translator Safia Dockter, kindergartener Solomiia Kuchma, and kindergarten teacher Kelly Pier at Lake Harriet Community School in Minneapolis.

Feature Story | October 2022

Immediate Impact: Article Sparks Ukrainian Connection

Solomiia Kuchma (center), a Ukrainian war refugee, was struggling in kindergarten in Minneapolis. She was confused by the English language and American customs. Then her teacher, Kelly Pier (right), connected with Safia Dockter (left), a University of Minnesota psychology student who co-wrote an article in ICI's Impact magazine and often spoke to Solomiia in her own language. The child is now adjusting to her new surroundings. Read more about Safia and Solomiia.