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So a turtle walks into an inclusion conference…

Posted on March 21, 2014 in News

So last week, I spent two days working with CESA 1 in Wisconsin and the educators, advocates, and families they support. It was a unique experience in many ways. First of all, I got to present at a beautiful nature preserve and we were surrounded by many trees and gorgeous views. Midway through the morning presentation on Friday, we experienced another interesting aspect of presenting at a nature preserve. I was in the midst of sharing research on inclusive schools when there was a bit of murmur in the back of the room. Within minutes, a woman came running in the room calling out, “Oh sorry…sorry”. Then she bent down and scooped up a little inclusion advocate who had made his way into our space- Louie the turtle had escaped and was coming into the session to hear about schools for all.

Louie Up Close

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The other memorable aspect of the day was having an entire table full of really dedicated parent advocates at a front table. These sessions were mostly attended by educators, but this group of parents came to two days of presentations, shared a lot of ideas with the group, and helped to keep the energy really high on both days. You can tell from these photos that these moms mix a bit of fun with their advocacy.

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Finally, the day contained a pleasant blast from the past. A classmate from my high school showed up in the session (she is now a successful school principal). I had not seen her since high school but she looked EXACTLY the same as she did back in the 80s and we had fun talking about the old days for the few minutes we had between breaks.

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It was a great day visiting my home state and now I can say that my workshops are truly inclusive—I welcome all people and select reptiles.

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