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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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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 …

It’s almost here…

Posted on August 12, 2013 in Differentiating Instruction, News

If you liked From Tutor Scripts to Talking Sticks, I have some fun news to share! I-along with my co-author, Sheila Danaher-have collected another 100 ideas for differentiating instruction in K-12 inclusive classrooms and assembled them into a second book.

We certainly didn’t think there would be a follow-up text to Tutor Scripts, but we just kept …

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…

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