Our Drama School continually strives to learn and grow as the world changes in relation to access and inclusion practices. We are founding members of the All Access Inclusion Network (AAIN), and continue to update and analyze our policies and practices in continuing partnership.
We provide inclusion training for all of our education staff members. This instruction includes general knowledge and empathetic understanding training, childhood development training, classroom management techniques, as well as the implementation of the following mandatory in-class resources and teaching methods:
- All classes have visual schedules, depicting what will happen that day – so students know what to expect
- All classes have fidgets available to them, should a student require a fidget tool
- All classes have a ‘chill corner’ where students can take a break if a game or exercise is becoming too over-stimulating
- All classes have noise-reducing headphones available for students who need them
- All classes have access to visual timers (sand timers, bubble timers, and visual clock timers)
- All classes will make accommodations for mobility and physical disabilities
- All classes utilize verbal as well as discussed written expectations so students understand classroom behavioral expectations
- All class name tags are printed in the color and have the name of the class color printed on them for colorblind students
- All areas of the theatre are accessible for students in wheelchairs
- All education employment applicants will have interview questions sent to them prior to interviews
Social stories can be found below to help navigate our In-Person Day-Long Camps, Saturday Classes, and Online Classes. A Social Story is a tool to help improve a child’s understanding of expectations during an unfamiliar event and were originally designed to support students who are neurodiverse. However, this can be a useful tool for any student who is unsure about what to expect from a new experience. We share these resources to make NCT classes inclusive for ALL students.
If you would like to let us know about your young person’s social/developmental/physical needs, please give Colin Peterson, our Director of Education, a call at 615-254-4664. Being a fully inclusive environment, we will make accommodations to meet the needs of your young person regardless of their diagnosis, disability, or medical need. The more we know about your student and the strategies that work best with and for them, the better we can serve them!