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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: 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 …

Wordless Wednesday

Posted on January 08, 2014 in News

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Wordless Wednesday

Posted on January 01, 2014 in News

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New features for the new year

Posted on January 01, 2014 in News

Happy 2014 to all of you. In many ways, 2013 was an exciting year for those of us invested in a more inclusive world. In Illinois, we made huge strides in closing institutions; nationally, organizations like Think College and SWIFT gained traction and recognition; and guidelines for extracurricular inclusion were clarified by the U.S. Department of Education.

I am equally excited about 2014, not only because I am hoping for even bigger human and civil rights victories, but also because I get to unveil two new …

Keeping learning alive after the workshop ends

Posted on September 24, 2013 in News

I have had such a great fall visiting schools, districts, and organizations around the country, but also here in my own backyard of Chicago.

It is really amazing to see teachers come out of their classrooms to learn about inclusion or differentiated instruction or autism on one of the first days of the school year. I know it is not easy to get away this time of year, but I always hope that participants in my workshops find …

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