Together Including Every Student (TIES)

  • Together Including Every Student (TIES), developed in 1997 by two parents of children who have disabilities, promotes the participation of students and young adults (participants) who have developmental disabilities in inclusive, organized extracurricular and community activities through the support of trained student volunteers.

    Peer volunteers learn how to support participants according to their individual needs, gain more understanding of disabilities and diversity, and make a positive difference in a peer’s life.

    Activity leaders create an experience where all individuals and talents are included, and promote community awareness and inclusion.


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More about the TIES activities

  • An activity may be one event, such as attending a school dance or after school football game, or an ongoing class (dance, martial arts, music, gymnastics) or continuing participation in a community organization such as Scouts. If an activity is ongoing, two or more peer volunteers may share the commitment. It can be any organized recreational or extracurricular school activity in which students typically take part. TIES arranges a trained student partner for each participant to facilitate a successful experience for all members of the group.


what participants like about ties

  • “The joy our daughter gets from this program.”

    “Great program to learn social skills and build friendship.”

    “Engagement! Social Interactions – everyone is encouraged.”

    “Our son’s ability to interact with students.”

    “Going 'virtual' has opened doors for so many students who have not been able to participate in the past.”

what volunteers like about ties

  • “That it was a very open event.  It was all about having fun and creating an environment focused on the participants interest.”

    “The opportunity TIES gave me to be an active participant in my community.”

    “I liked being able to meet new people and just have fun and hang out.”