If you have students in middle and high school who regularly show up without supplies, consider letting them keep a second set of materials in the classroom.

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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Flashback Friday: Examine your transportation needs

Posted on February 21, 2014 in Inclusion

Years ago, I worked with a wonderful elementary school. They were committed to making very aspect of the school inclusive, welcoming, and supportive. One issue they had not examined, however, was transportation.

During a visit, I saw a little boy with disabilities skip off an accessible bus, greet his general education classmates as they stood in line on the playground, and enter the building. I asked the principal why he was (a) using specialized transportation and (b) entering the building before his classmates. The principal said, “Um…they all do that.”

By “all”, he meant …

Flashback Friday: Create an agenda

Posted on February 14, 2014 in Differentiating Instruction, Inclusion

This idea was inspired by the content in You’re Welcome, a book on inclusive practices that I wrote with Patrick Schwarz a few years back. This title is actually three mini-books sold as a packet that features content on differentiated instruction, collaboration, and positive behavior supports.

Tools like learning agendas provide great opportunities for …

Inclusion every single day

Posted on February 03, 2014 in Inclusion

It isn’t too often that I get a chance to let you know about a free gift, but that is exactly what I am doing today. One of my publishers, Paul H. Brookes, has just come out with a gorgeous new wall calendar that you can print and download for your home, office, or your school.

This calendar includes quotes from their books on inclusive education including one from …

Flashback Friday: Take off the blindfold

Posted on January 10, 2014 in Inclusion, News

Inclusive schools are not just places where we educate students with and without disabilities. In the best of circumstances, they are places where we inspire learners to think differently about ability. Disability awareness lessons done right can help teachers do this. Unfortunately, most disability awareness activities are not …

Flashback Friday: Individualize Standards and Objectives

Posted on January 03, 2014 in Differentiating Instruction, Inclusion

Paula Kluth 30 Tips in 30 Days

One of the most common misunderstandings of inclusive education is that all learners need to have the same learning targets and outcomes. A teacher told me recently, “What will he do in earth science? He can’t even read!” This statement suggests that we can’t address literacy goals in a science classroom and maybe even that we should not …

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