Teach recess monitors about inclusive practices. Encourage them to connect students to each other and to suggest or facilitate structured games on the playground.

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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The IEP in the inclusive classroom

Posted on September 20, 2013 in Inclusion

I got a note recently from a parent looking for an easy data recording system that she could pass on to her child’s teacher. This format is not a new one nor is it one that I designed. My forms are based on those created by Alison Ford and the Wisconsin School Inclusion Project back in the 1990s. So, I can’t take credit for this handy little tool, but I have found it really useful in helping …

A plan for Pedro

Posted on August 26, 2013 in Families, Inclusion

One of the most exciting parts of writing a book for children is seeing all of the ways it is used by students, families, and teachers. I got one email from a parent telling me that she used Pedro’s Whale to teach her children about their brother with autism.

At one of my workshops, a principal told me that he used Pedro to teach his staff about…

How AAC and assistive tech make classrooms better for all

Posted on August 02, 2013 in Inclusion, Literacy, News

In 2009, I published an article in The Reading Teacher with my colleague, Kelly Chander-Olcott, titled “Why Everyone Benefits from Including Students with Autism in Literacy Classrooms”. One of the points we make in the article is that students with disabilities often bring assistive technology and augmentative communication into classrooms and, therefore, make them…

A message of inclusion for for young readers

Posted on July 11, 2013 in Inclusion, Literacy

This summer I am finally getting around to reading the huge stack of books that has been sitting on my bedside table for the last few months. I finally read The Hunger Games, blew through Close to Shore (an account of the real life shark attacks that inspired Peter Benchley to write Jaws), and have started Incendiary by Chris Cleve (author of Little Bee).

I have loved them all so far, but perhaps no summer read has thrilled me more than…

A conference of one’s own

Posted on May 15, 2013 in Families, Inclusion

For the last 20 years, I have long traveled to inclusion conferences in other cities and states. I have seen how an annual conference organized around inclusive schooling can help families, teachers, and administrators learn new skills and provide support to one another.

This is one of the reasons I wished for an inclusion conference here in Illinois. Last week, that wish came…

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