Be sure to assess students using a wide range of techniques (e.g., interviews, projects) so they have ample opportunities to demonstrate what they know and can do.

This website is dedicated to promoting inclusive schooling and exploring positive ways of supporting students with autism and other disabilities. Most of my work involves collaborating with schools to create environments, lessons, and experiences that are inclusive, respectful, and accessible for all learners.

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Differentiation Hack: All-about-me alternatives

Posted on August 30, 2016 in Differentiating Instruction

DI Hack FI

Differentiation Hack is a new series I am starting on the blog. Each hack is a trip or strategy that will help you create supports using a shortcut, repurposed materials, or tools you already have around-the-classroom.

Make sure you give students a few different ways to tell you about themselves. Some learners can easily write a paragraph or talk to the class about their likes, dislikes, interests, needs, and gifts. Others, may feel need a little support to do so. You might want to …

Back-to-school with inclusive vibes

Posted on August 17, 2016 in Inclusion

Sit with us FI

Is anyone else noticing all of the back-to-school stuff featuring inclusive messages?

Check out these shirts I saw at Kohl’s …

A book and a rap

Posted on July 27, 2016 in Inclusion

Apple Sweaters FI

It’s been over five years in the making, but my co-teaching book with Julie Causton is finally ready. It comes out next month but we are OPEN for pre-orders as of…..today! Want to know a little bit about the book? We thought you might so we made you a little rap video to illustrate its finer points.

Enjoy it. Share it. Watch it on date night. Re-watch it. Nominate it …

Resolutions for the inclusive classroom

Posted on January 04, 2016 in Inclusion, News

2016 inclusion planner FI

Happy New Year!

I had a lot of great feedback about this post last year, so I am sharing it again with an updated goal sheet for the new year. I hope it will help you meet your inclusion-related goals as you get back to work this week.

Those that know me well, know that I love goal setting. I love teaching it to students and I love using it as a tool in my consulting. I also love using it in my own life, especially at this time of year. At my annual New Year’s Eve get together, I always ask guests to share a goal or two at dinner. When this tradition started, it was met with a bit of …

Celebrate your success

Posted on October 26, 2015 in News

Share Success FI

I love the first few weeks of school. I like all of the getting-to-know-you activities, the fresh new classrooms and the novelty of starting over. I know many teachers share my excitement.

I know others, however, who have more than a little anxiety this time of year. Fall can be a tough time of year in inclusive schools. You may be getting to know students with complex learning needs and working hard to figure out the right combination of supports for them. In some cases, you may also be working through new collaborative relationships with colleagues.

One way to deal with these challenges is to …

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