Teach all students relaxation strategies (e.g., deep breathing, repeating helpful mantras) that they can use when they are stressed.

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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Take Off the Blindfold

Posted on March 16, 2013 in Inclusion, News

From Section 1, idea #3 of Don’t We Already Do Inclusion?

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 done right.

When most awareness activities are planned, they focus on simulations (e.g., letting students spend time in a wheelchair, blindfolding students to let them “experience” blindness) or on information about disability categories. If you really want to strengthen your inclusive school, however, consider…

Remember that Special Education is NOT a Place

Posted on March 13, 2013 in Inclusion, News

From Section 3, idea #16 of Don’t We Already Do Inclusion?

My first boss, a director of special education, had a sign over his door declaring “Special Education is Not a Place”. His philosophy was clear to anyone who visited him.

This motto is clever but it also communicates a “big idea” that is commonly lost in conversations about…

Ask, “Are We Inclusive?”

Posted on March 11, 2013 in Inclusion, News

From Section 3, idea #2 of Don’t We Already Do Inclusion?

If you want to know the answer to this question, ask it. Ask parents, students, teachers, and administrators.

Even though all American schools are expected to follow the same federal law, schools from town to town, district to district, and state to state would answer that question very differently.

If you ask a large group of stakeholders, you are likely to…

A week of ideas from my new book and GIVEAWAY!

Posted on March 11, 2013 in Inclusion, News

This week I am going to be posting seven ideas from my new book, “Don’t We Already Do Inclusion?”. This new book is really focused on helping schools “take it up a notch” when it comes to inclusive practices. There are four sections: classroom, school, district, and community. Any stakeholder can choose from any one of these sections to find ideas to grow their inclusive schools. There are 100 ideas in all. Hope you enjoy the preview and please feel free to add questions or comments to each.

Don’t We Already Do Inclusion?

Are you trying to grow the inclusive schooling model in your community? Do you feel like you have tried everything to create change in your school? Do you want to “sharpen the saw” and become reenergized as an advocate or educator? If you answered “yes” to any one of these questions, then this is the book for you!

Don’t We Already Do Inclusion? is not only filled with ideas for teaching diverse learners, but is also focused on…

The power of being welcomed

Posted on January 21, 2013 in Inclusion, News

How can you bring this kind of inclusive energy, sentiment, or spirit to your school? Community?

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