making access happen. A young boy with an intellectual disability sits at a table and works on fine motor exercises. Another toy in a black shirt sits behind him.

School readiness is essential for young children, and in particular children with disabilities. Readiness gaps for 5-year-olds can widen over time, meaning that children may have physical access to a school building, but ultimately not have complete access to learning.

The Making Access Happen (MAH) program, a collaboration of the Johns Hopkins School of Education Center for Technology in Education and the Maryland State Department of Education, works to increase the participation of 3- to 5-year-old children with disabilities in public and private community-based early learning programs. MAH develops practitioners’ skills in several key areas, including universal design for learning, collaborative practices, and reflective coaching, all with the goal of closing the school readiness gap for young children with disabilities.

Just as you customize your instruction for the children in your care, you can customize and access MAH’s wealth of learning modules, supports, and resources with your personalized Making Access Happen Toolkit. The toolkit provides customized, sustainable, universal support for early care and education programs. Practitioners throughout Maryland can also use the toolkit to access services that increase their knowledge and skills for implementing evidence-based inclusive practices.

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